This weekend I took on the huge chore of cleaning out the playroom closet. Three hours later my closet was back to spotless. The kids board games, building blocks, coloring books, craft supplies and so much more is stored in there, so everyone is always in there. Unfortunately, it ends up cluttered so I have to go in bi-weekly to clean & sort.
We have several board games that needed to be tossed because of this
Everyone has board games that look like this and instead of tossing our Candy Land board game I decided to reuse the cards.
Instead of tossing, turn your Candy Land cards into fun toddler color learning games.
Children need to recognize colors but can be a challenge for many. Candy Land has cards that are primary and secondary colors – red, blue, yellow, orange, green and purple so very minimal. Children that can learn the basics of colors early on in life may find it easier communicating and recognize the colors around them; look the sun is yellow – the sky is blue.
First sort all the cards, removing the character cards. Place all the single color cards by color and all the double color cards by color.
There are four color learning games you can play with your child.
Matching Memory color game: The object is to collect the most matching colors.
Once your cards are sorted, shuffle and lay the cards face down. Youngest player goes first. Player will flip one card at a time and then choose another card. If the colors match they continue. If they do not match, flip back over and it is the next persons turn.
Note: To keep this simple try only playing with 1 pair of each color to start.
Color sorting game: The object of the game is to have the child place the card colors in piles and match them all up.
Have the child place each color in piles based on color.
Name that color game: The object of the game is for the child to call out the colors.
To play, parents hold the pile of cards face down in your hand. Flip the card and ask your child “what color is this?”
To make this more of a learning game, ask the child if they can name something that is that color. Example: If you flip a yellow card and they say that is yellow, ask them to name something that is yellow such as a banana. Or have them go find something in the home that is that color.
Color Identification game: The object of the game to identify the correct color.
To play, place one of each color card face up on the playing surface. Ask your child to point to blue or red or yellow etc.
These games will provide your child with an array of benefits such as communication skills as they can name colors and identity colors of objects around them.
Don’t throw those cards, make them into a learning experiment!