Easter is coming early this year. Here is a fun way to use extra Easter treats to help children learn the names of colors and build the muscles in their hands needed for handwriting.
- An empty egg carton
- Colored paper and a marker
- Various colored candy (gummy worms, marshmallows, gum drops or use building bricks or small colored pom poms for a non-candy alternative)
- A pair of children’s chopsticks or a pair of small salad tongs
Detach the lid from the egg carton and cut the bottom layer in two to make two smaller six-cup cartons. Cut out six small squares of paper in six different colors. (Optional: Write the name of the color of each square on the top of each square with a marker.) Place a different colored square in each of the six egg carton cups. Place the candies in the lid of the egg carton and ask children to pick up the candy with the chopsticks or tongs and place each candy in an egg cup with the matching color.
Write your child’s name on a piece of paper. Have your child pick up the candy with the chopsticks and place one candy on each letter in his or her name. Say the names of the letters as they are covered with candy.
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Posted by: Ali