In my endeavours to raise a child-genius I completely failed to notice that Little Vin has moved on from basic colour recognition and is starting to categorise and sort things by colour. I noticed it first with his dinosaurs (of which I only teach him the Latin names, naturally) that instead of sorting them by prehistoric eras as I had shown him, he was categorising them by skintone - obviously I was neglecting this burgeoning aesthetic side in my artistic prodigy so I took Sharpie to popsicle stick to rectify the situation post haste!*
I have seen so many colour matching games - with clothes pegs and paintchips and all sorts of fun things. I thought I'd do a trial run before I go raiding the local hardware shop!
We played with the set of paints first, I handed him a stick, he named the colour and put it with it's match, then we got the blocks out...
I left the sticks out on the table and later I came across this little spontaneous colour matching in the kiddos snack tray:
I was so tickled finding this - it's like a little glimpse into their brain workings, and a reminder how easy and quick learning can be when it's fun!
Later we played a game of 'hide and seek' I hid a stick with a matching colour in the room and he had to look for it - I don't know that he really 'got' this part, but we had lots of fun turning the room upside down looking for sticks!
I'm pretty sure I could use dinosaurs to teach anything from science, maths, art and my little man would always be up for it!
*ps friends, please forgive my terrible sarcasm in the first paragraph of this post, if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you might know I recieved my first openly critical response from a blog post - about me 'schooling' the kids and my "pushy parenting." I decided not to reply as I guess this person probably isn't the kind of person who would be responsive to an informed debate, but I figured I'd scare off any potential critics with my damaging parenting style before we get to all the fun bits!