Colorful games that are oh so simple!
Everything you need to create no less than 5 different activities is in the picture above. Gather the following material and get ready to have fun with primary colors.
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Electrical tape, primary colors
- Pipe cleaners, primary colors
- A hole punch
First, wrap both ends of each toilet paper roll using electrical tape as shown. These cardboard tubes will represent the base of all the activities described below.
In fact, playing with your cardboard tubes can be as simple as handing each child a tube and inviting them to set it on an object of the corresponding color. For example, they can set the blue end of their tube on a blue chair.
To increase the level of difficulty, ask children to set their tube on an object containing both colors. For example, a tube that has a yellow end and a red end could be set on a book that has both these colors on its cover page.
Distribute the cardboard tubes equally among the children in your group or, to practise counting skills, invite each child to take 5 tubes. Count them together.
Here, the tubes become dominoes. Invite the first child to set one tube in the center of the table. The next player must deposit a tube at one end of the tube played by the first child, associating a color at one end of the first tube to the color at one end of one of his tubes. For example, in the picture, the first “domino” played had blue tape at both ends. The second player therefore had to select a “domino” with a blue end, and set it next to the first one, blue end to blue end as in the traditional game. The game continues until a player has played all his dominoes.
Throughout this activity, name the different colors with your group. Admire the colorful path created by the children in your group while playing this game.
For a different twist, invite children to stack the “dominoes”. They can set them one on top of the other, associating colors. For example, in the picture, the color at the top of the first tube was red. Children therefore had to set a tube having red tape at its bottom on top of it and so on. Here, the game continues until a player has no “dominoes” left…or until the tower falls.
This game is great for children who enjoy playing alone. Since it can be played in silence, it’s also a great game for older children who wake up before others at naptime.
Here is another idea. Line the tubes up in front of your group. Set several colorful pipe cleaners in an opaque bag. Children take turns pulling a pipe cleaner out of your bag and inserting it in a tube that has the corresponding color on one of its ends. Each tube must contain two pipe cleaners, one corresponding to each color of tape wrapped around its ends.
As an added challenge, children will have to insert the pipe cleaners in the tubes very delicately so that the cardboard tubes don’t fall.
Of course, you could also divide the tubes among the children in your group and turn this into a competitive game. Who will collect all the pipe cleaners associated with his tubes first?
Using the hole punch, cut two holes at either end of each cardboard tube. Instead of having children insert the pipe cleaners in the tubes, have them thread them through the holes for a great fine motor skills challenge!
Finally, I am sure that if you leave the cardboard tubes out for children to explore, they will find original ways to put them to good use! Let them use their imagination and they will inspire you to create even more games!