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Toddler Talk: Learning Colors

Ramona mastered animals in what seemed like overnight, pointing them out and making their noises. Then cames names of people (I love that she understands that each face gets its own title!). And slowly but surely she is catching on to letters. Identifying numbers must not be far behind. But colors. Well, she keeps calling red "blue" and green "yellow." You get the idea.

So in an attempt to introduce her to some color theory and in the spirit of keeping learning fun, I used inspiration from DIYers everywhere to create a color-matching game out of paint chips from the hardware store and clothespins from my own stash.

What resulted is a game that not only attempts to teach little ones how to match colors, but also to work towards noticing variations in those colors. It's easy to make, easy to play, and, if nothing else, leaves your young one with colored clothespins they can pretend are cars.

What you need:

Paint Chips Make sure you grab two of each color you decide to use. I stuck with the classics: red, yellow, blue, and green.

Clothespins One for however many colors you plan on matching.

Glue Elmer's glue works great, though you'd also be fine with any sort of scrapbooking or super glue. In a pinch? Use tape.

What you do:

1. Keeping one of each paint chip color intact, cut the other ones in smaller pieces, separating the different shades from each other into chip sizes that will fit nicely on half of a top of a clothespin.

2. Glue each of these little pieces onto the top of the clothespin.

3. Let dry. While they're drying, show your child how to use a clothespin. (Ramona's fingers are little yet so she did have some trouble getting a hang of this at first.)

4. Voila! Encourage your child to pin the appropriate color pin onto the appropriate chip. I wouldn't worry about matching the shades just yet. That will soon come once they're comfortable identifying their main colors.

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