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My kids love a good puzzel, which always gives me the impression that all kids love a good puzzel. I might be entirely wrong, but I do believe that kids are born with an innate curiosity that makes them natural puzzlers. Or is that natural scientists?
At any rate, learning colors through a puzzel seemed like a good idea. So I turned to my favorite means of play creation, LEGO Duplo.
I created a simple grid with different colors and the numbers 1 through 5 to the left. The idea was that my preschooler would add the correct number of blocks next to the numbers. Preferably in the corresponding color as well, but I would consider that as a bonus.
Learning colors with LEGO Duplo
After printing the cards, with two kids appearing under my arms as they crowded around the printer, we sat down to start learning colors. Or rather, C (age 3) learned something about colors and Q (at 6) just made the puzzels for the sheer fun of it.
That is, after I’d dug up the relevant LEGO Duplo blocks. Which is also when I learned that 8 puzzels requiring 1 yellow block, means you need 8 yellow blocks because the kids wanted to keep the towers they’d made.
Of course they did…
At first, C wanted to place the Duplo blocks on top of the print itself. So I explained that the idea was to build a tower, which he then did instead.
While building we named the different colors before adding them to the top of the tower.
This game took us about 15 minutes to play, which is just fine. Not a huge amount of time, but long enough for the concentration span of a 3 year old.
- The printable sheet;
- LEGO Duplo blocks in the right colors;
How to play learning colors with LEGO Duplo
- Download the puzzels and print;
- Gather the relevant LEGO Duplo blocks;
- Sit down with your child and stack in the right order;
- Name the colors as you go along;
I don’t know how other moms do this, but my wonderful son C simply refuses to sit down and do any amount of focussed learning.
Flash cards? No mommy. Rules? Forget it.
So doing things such as learning colors can be a challenge sometimes. And though I believe that kids do best with incidental learning…some things they just pick up faster with some form of practice.
This game worked very well for that purpose and was lot of fun to play. We both enjoyed it
If your child is similar, go ahead and download the free printable.