When I began my color week series I was really focused on creating an area in our home where G could play with lots of toys in that week’s specific color. The problem was that I would find all of these little green toys, for example, and then have nowhere to put them at the end of the night. Being the organized person that I am, I wanted some place to collect these odds-and-ends without having to re-sort the colors each day. So I hunted around the house and found the perfect set of containers for us to use…pretzel jars!
We eat a lot of peanut butter filled pretzels in our house and those containers work perfectly. They aren’t too big, they’re plastic (which makes them light), they are easy to travel with, and my little one loves taking things out of containers and putting them back in – the mouth on this one is plenty wide for that, too! I tried some other clear containers and found that they just weren’t big enough for us but I made a list in case you want to give them a try…
- Plastic peanut jars, mason jars, applesauce containers, wide mouth water bottles, Gatorade bottles, baby food jars, old candle jars, etc.
What to put in your jars (a starter list):
- Small toys that you have at home
- Hair ties, milk bottle caps, bows/ribbon, pom-poms – Note: these should only be used with children who have moved away from the put everything in their mouth phase and whom you trust with these objects – always supervise!
- Straws (either cut into thirds or untouched)
- Foam Bath Letters, Magnetic Letters
- Mega Bloks
- Pipe Cleaners
- Baby Spoons/Utensils
- Bouncy Balls
- Fast Food Toys
- Big Erasers
- Jar Lids, Shampoo Lids
- Paint Chips or Colored Cardboard from cereal boxes/dinner boxes/etc
- Dollar store finds
- For the wiggling baby…place the color jars in front of them during tummy time, or give them a jar to twirl around and explore without opening it up!
- For those color-savvy toddlers...have them help you hunt around the house for colored objects to place in the jars. Once you have gotten all of your objects, ask them to sort each color into its assigned bin.
- For your counting toddlers…ask them to find 5 large objects to fill up the jar or 30 small objects to fill up the jar – all with one color.
- For those learning to spell/read…label the lids with each color name and ask your child to match the lid with the correct color.
- For those learning to write the alphabet…ask them to use each bin’s objects to create the first letter of the color. For example, use the red box to write the letter “R”, the orange box to write the letter “O”, and so on.
- For those who understand colors and basic tasks: Make a list of some objects in your bin, hide them, and ask your kiddo to go on a scavenger hunt for them!
These color jars are really easy to make and they don’t require you to buy a thing. It’s a great way to keep your toddler busy by allowing them to explore colors, textures, and new objects – not to mention all the fun they’ll have with our game list!
What things have you done to teach your young one colors? Are there any other games you play with your color jars that you think we should add to our list? Leave a comment or shoot us an email and let us know!