The learning we do at a young age is something a lot of us take for granted. From developing fine motor skills to learning the color spectrum, we learn so much those first couple of years and then implement what we learn for the rest of our lives. Heck, the colors are one of the first things we learn as children. Have you ever thought about when we actually picked up that knowledge? Or how exactly that knowledge became so integral to our everyday life? The color spectrum is everywhere when you’re little. From the clothes you wear, to the toys that help you develop fine motor skills, to the music you hear. As my husbands favorite band They Might Be Giants teaches us, Roy G. Biv is a colorful man and his name spells out the whole color spectrum.
I think those fine motor skills activities toys are the biggest demonstration of the color spectrum. Some fine motor skills activities like this Wooden manipulative toy from Guidecraft (available at forsmallhands.com) simply provide an opportunity to match the colors while developing fine motor skills. The jumbo wooden screwdriver is great practice for older kids while younger children can use their fingers to turn the chunky wooden bolts. While the opportunity for matching is there, each bolt fits in any threaded hole. Babe has been playing with this for months. Even before she became curious about the turning process, she loved exploring the texture of the screw with her fingers and her mouth.
This wooden rocky color cone by Holgate is another great example of integrating the color spectrum into fine motor skill toys. The classic wooden rocking stacker should be familiar to many of you. Children practice hand eye coordination and develop size discrimination as they learn to successfully maneuver the rings onto the stacker. In order to fit all the rings, they must be placed in the corect order, the order of the color spectrum. And, unlike the similar plastic toys, these wooden rings make a clacking sound when slid onto the rocking base. Since this 100% wooden toy is made of such superior quality and workmanship, the Philadelphia toy company (in business since 1789) offers a lifetime guarantee.
Now this toy may not be something you’re quite as familiar with. The 1 to 5 ring counter from Guidecraft is a classic wooden counting toy. Not only does this toy help children learn about colors while developing their fine motor skills, it also reinforces counting from one to five. While the youngest children may begin by stacking the rings on each posts, as they begin to understand order they will begin to sort and then stack by color. One they’ve begun to learn their numbers, this toy will allow them to practice counting. Imagine their excitement as they discover that the number of rings on each post matches the numeral printed on the base.
Each of these toys aids with color recognition and the two different kinds of stacking toys help to reinforce the color spectrum. All three of them provide a wonderful opportunity for a child to work on their fine motor skills development while really having fun. While the screw block may spend a relatively short time in your home, the stacking toys are 100% wood have that classic look that makes them perfect decorating accessories to display on a shelf when your children outgrow them. I look forward to passing them down to my grandchildren. 😀 Hopefully they’ll become family heirlooms.
This is my first post as a co-host of the Geeky Educational Link Up. I’m so excited to be a part of this link up. Each week I’ll be publishing an educational post with a geeky twist. At the bottom of these posts you’ll find links to other interesting and fun educational posts. I hope you enjoy the ride!
My three favorite posts from last week’s link up were:
- Pumpkin Sink-or-Float: A Pumpkin Science Experiment
- Apple Research Project
- The Basics of Scientific Method
I co-host the Geeky Educational Link Up along with some great writers. You can find out a bit more about each co-host by reading our bios over at More Than A Coupon Queen, the host site. Take a look at their blogs each week. Some of these blogs also post some great geek projects and Science projects!