I love activities that encourages critical thinking in a fun way. This red, white and blue themed sorting game can spark many expansion activities. Read more to find out how to create this educational game that you can bring to share with your family for the holiday!
Craft/Activity: Red, white and blue color sorting/counting game
Objective: To create a simple sorting game focusing on the colors red, white and blue
Skills Utilized: color recognition, number recognition, sorting, counting, early literacy skills
Suggested Reading: Corduroy’s Fourth of July by Don Freeman
Materials: red, white and blue paper, paintbrushes, popsicles, red, white and blue paint, scissors, writing tool
First, make 3 groups of an equal amount of popsicle sticks. We chose to do sets of ten.
Paint all ten of the popsicle sticks the same color, leaving a small section at the bottom unpainted. Repeat this for the two remaining colors/groups. Your little one could certainly help with this part, too! Maddy kept herself busy painting extra sticks while I painted the ones for our game.
Let dry completely. Once dry you can repeat this process for the other side. We did not do this and the game was still easy to play!
To “add” in some math skills, I numbered each stick. (I apologize, I love puns.)
Cut each paper in half. Save the other halves to make your cut paper mosaic! Label each paper with the color name.
Set up your game! Keep it simple at first; pick up a stick and say “Where does this color go?” They may even know “what to do” before you start explaining!
Maddy really had a great time playing with this. It kept her entertained for a good 20 minutes, which for a two year old, is a long while! We chose to store it easily in a gallon size ziplock baggy. We added these cute USA stickers from Target and called it a day. You could store it in a box and let your child decorate as they so choose. The sky is the limit!
We will be camping (scroll down to check out our camping theme projects if you haven’t already!) this weekend and will definitely be packing this to play at the site! Comment below where you take along your game and who you play it with!
Ways to expand upon this activity:
- Write the numbers on the colored paper sheets and have your child match the correct colored number stick.
- For older children, use the popsicle sticks to do simple addition and subtraction problems.
- Practice counting by 2, 5 and 10.
- Line up the different colored sticks to create different patterns!
Hope everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July!!