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Christmas Series Day 13: Match The Colour Activity

One of the most attractive thing about Christmas, other than the gifts of course, is the crib or what is also known as the manger. Jesus Christ was born in a stable and put in a manger when the shepherds visited him. That’s the story part, now how about making the manger an activity devise to learn and revise colors? Sounds fun right!

Kids love hands on activities, be it for alphabets, numbers or colours. A hand on activity involves more than one sense of their bodies and hence it facilitates in better learning and retention. Before a child learns to name a colour, it is important to let him realize the visual difference between two colours. That is when a colour matching activity comes in the picture. It reinforces the visual differentiation and colors. After the child learns to differentiate/ match colours correctly, you can go ahead and name the colors. It will be easier for the child as well to grasp two different pieces of information step by step – difference between colours and naming them as well.

I found a lovely printable of mangers of different colours that worked great for a colour matching activity for this Christmas theme!

 

AGE GROUP – 14 months onwards

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Print out of this printable
  • Transparent file folder sheet or lamination of the printable (optional)
  • Crayons
  • Small cardboard pieces
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape

 

TIME REQUIRED FOR ACTIVITY PREPARATION – 20 Minutes

 

HOW & WHAT TO DO

  • Put the printable (the page that you want your child to match the colors) in a transparent sheet. You can also choose to laminate it.
  • Pick out crayons that match with the mangers in the printable
  • Cut out small oval shapes from the cardboard. Using a pen, draw eyes, nose and mouth on the oval
  • Using a tape, paste these oval shapes on the head of the crayon so that the crayon resembles like a baby. Call it Baby Jesus
  • Put all the crayons (Baby Jesus) in a basket, alongside the printable. And the matching activity is ready!
  • Demonstrate or talk how to match the color of the manger and Baby Jesus.

 

SKILLS DEVELOPED 

  • Visual discrimination
  • Pre-maths
  • Culture and Tradition

 

CAN SOME MATERIALS BE REPLACED?

If you do not have the printout of this printable, you can hand draw the outlines of mangers with different colour sketch pens.

 

HOW TO TWEAK FOR OLDER KIDS

  • You can mix lot more crayons, other than the colours of the mangers to make it challenging for an older child

 

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