Count & Match the Chips is an easy to set up math activity for toddlers & preschoolers. It develops number recognition, one to one correspondence, counting and color matching skills. Perfect for busy bags.
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What you need
- Paint chips – one large & one multi tone sample for each color you choose
- Trim the large paint chips and write down numbers and mark dots to represent them.
- Laminate the paint chips. This is optional. I did it because we used them as flash cards.
- Cut & Glue the multi tone colors on the clothespin – for each color to match the number on the large paint chips. Eg – Blue chip with number 4, would need four clothespin with different shades of blue on each.
- Let your kids count and match or color sort and match the clothespin to the paint chip.
I gave the paint chip cards to my LOs the evening before we did this activity. They used it as flash cards. Miss A(3yrs) would count the dots on the card to identify the number and then she looked at the number itself. Miss D(2yrs) used it to learn colors and also tried to count the dots on it just like her sis and she did great with 1 & 2.
The next day when they asked for the cards, i gave them the clothespin along with it. Told them to count the dots and match the clothespin to it.
This activity was self correcting. A knows the color gradients i had used here. We did a Color Gradient Matching activity with the same colors before. Infact, i reused the same clothespin. 😀 Whenever she made an error with counting she would use the colors on the clothespin to correct it. She did not need my help. Once she was done, we arranged it in numerical order. 👍
D tried to match the clothespin to the cards looking at the colors. She got most of it right – She needed some help with the pale color tones. By the end of the day, she was able to do it all by herself. 😀 Those cards were good for her number recognition skills- we looked at each card together & she repeated the numbers after me. She surprised me with the way she handled the clothespin – first activity where she didn’t break any 😉
This activity was a big hit, my LOs kept repeating it throughout the day. This was Miss A’s go to activity for the next couple of days – i think she enjoyed the independence – where she could self correct. It built her confidence in counting exercises.😀