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With the summer vacation just started in this part of the world, I decided to step up my output of preschool games for the boys.
And one of our favorite activities (actually one of mommy’s favorite activities) is to color. But as it so happens, the boys enjoy coloring as well.
However, to not make things too boring (does coloring ever bore?) I decided to introduce the boys to a little color by number activity.
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Color by number activity
So I set out to find something that I could use as a coloring worksheet, that wasn’t too complicated and that I could add numbers to.
I ended up finding an image that reminded me of the Rainbow Fish book.
Reading is one of our favorite things to do. For all of us, except my husband who only reads while on vacation.
No matter, I fully intend to impart the reading bug onto my children, and so far I seem to have succeeded. They love reading time.
The Rainbow Fish was one of our favorites. It made a big impression on both boys and I had to read it almost daily before it had to be returned to the library.
When I came across the line drawing of a fish and it made me think of this book. I don’t want to give away the story if you don’t know it yet but it’s about the importance of friendship and being together in a community.
Because the book was such a big hit with the boys, I decided to use this fish.
I added colors and corresponding numbers to the bottom of the coloring worksheet and added numbers into the boxes of the fish.
Testing the coloring worksheets
The proof is in the pudding as they say, or in this case in the kids actions.
Q loves a puzzle and is fond of coloring. He immediately took to the challenge of adding the right colors to the right pieces of fish.
C…well, he’s also fond of coloring. But less fond of rules. He got the idea alright. Then decided to break the rules all the same.
No matter though, we still got to practice the colors and their names. As well as finding and matching the corresponding numbers. I say the coloring worksheet worked. If not quite the way I expected.
Color by number supports:
- Eye-hand co-ordination;
- Learning colors;
- Fine motor skills;
- Learning numbers;
How to do the color by number activity:
Take a coloring page and add colors and numbers to the bottom. I used Powerpoint, but you can also do this in Word or by hand.
Print (if done on computer) and sit down with the kids to explain the activity to them.
Little kids still learning colors may require some coaching and help to identify the color’s names.