Picture it: you have more than 10 minutes for yourself and you have no idea what to do with it? Your preschooler is playing hard at work with the circus color activity that you have set up. Oh, and did I mention that your darling is doing this independently? So like I said, your only problem is, what are you going to do with that time?
This was what happened to us recently. The activity was such a success that Caleb spent over 10 minutes on it and Jael practically begged to participate. That to me is the very definition of a quick and awesome preschool activity, don’t you think?
Because our circus color activity was such a success, I just had to share it with you so that your preschooler can try it. Why would you want to try it? So that you can get a few chores done or even homeschool your other children while your darling is occupied.
What You Need for the Circus Color Activity
In order to recreate our quick preschool activity, you need the following:
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- pasta shells dyed with liquid water color (5 colors)
- containers to keep all 5 colors separate (we used mason jars that we had handy)
- flat surface
- write and wipe pocket
- circus color mat (at the end of the post)
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First, print the circus color sorting mat on regular paper or card stock and slip it in the write and wipe pocket. This keeps the paper from being wrecked and allows it to be reused.
Second, scatter the colored shells (red, yellow, blue, green and purple) on a flat surface.
Instruct your preschooler to match the shells to the correct balloon if they do not realize what needs to be done.
Finally, when all the shells have been sorted, allow them to sort them again by picking up each shell individually and placing it in the correct container for each color. Luckily for us, I had dyed the shells in the mason jars so the colors remained.
When this is done, let them try it again.
Other Circus Color Activities To Try
While Caleb was doing this activity, his sister kept pointing out the different colors as well as counted each shell that was placed on the balloon.
If Jael was interested, I could have also worked on patterning but she was too interested being a big sister.