Before we proceed to the paint chip and clothespin color matching craft, let us talk a little bit about hue vs tint vs shade vs tone.
Why Are Toddlers Taught Shapes and Colors Before Numbers And Letters?
Colors and shapes are introduced earlier than letters and numbers to kids because colors and shapes are all around them. Learning to identify colors and shapes helps the child learn to identify and describe things.
When a child develops the skill to sort items based on shapes and colors, it becomes easier to differentiate between letters and numbers. During sorting, what appears as a simple activity for us requires the child to keenly observe the item, compare, classify, sort and organize into piles.
After the child learns the names of common colors, build upon this knowledge and introduce her to the different shades of the same color. Make it descriptive like sky blue, ink blue or the color of that car is not as dark as ours. Learning about colors can thus help improve communication skills and vocabulary.
Hues vs Tints vs Shades vs Tones
Hues – Hue is nothing but pure color.
Tint – When a pure color is mixed with white, depending on the amount of white added, we get different tints of the color. Example: Pastel colors.
Shade – When a pure color is mixed with black, depending on the amount of black added, we get different shades of the color.
Tone – When a color is mixed with gray, depending on the amount of gray added, we get different tones of the same color.
Tints, Shades and Tones:
Here is a simple craft activity to teach children the difference between hue, tint, shade and tone.
Place drops of paint in circles as shown below.
Mix using a paint brush. Wash the brush frequently or use earbuds. You will need more than one earbud.
You can see the different tints, shades and tones of the blue hue.
This is a simple color matching craft that will practically cost nothing.
Paint chips or craft paper in different colors
Pick a few color chips from the neighborhood paint shop. They usually cost nothing but I informed the store employee just in case. She gave me additional chips. Very sweet of her.
I cut thin strips and pasted them on the clothespin. To make this craft last longer, you can apply a film of modpodge and seal the paper completely.
This is an ideal quiet time activity for toddlers. The clothespin has to be pressed with their fingers and this improves fine motor skills and muscle strength in fingers.
Pack them in a ziploc bag and you have a colorful busy bag that you can have in your hand bag and whip it out when your toddler is bored.
I have always loved the colorful paint chips aisle and I make sure I walk through it at least once when I visit Walmart 🙂 . Those colorful squares make me feel happy.
Beautiful ain’t it? 🙂
Once the kid masters the above craft, you can try this color matching wheel / color matching pizza as my daughter calls them. This is not only a color matching craft but also a pattern matching craft.
White Card stock – Cut into a circle
White paper circle – Cut into a circle
Both circles should have the same diameter.
Card stock / wrapping paper – 8 different patterns.
Fold the paper circle 3 times. You will get a sector whose area is 1/8th of the circle. Use this as a template to cut the pizza pies.
Spread glue on the circular card stock and start gluing the sectors. My daughter enjoyed gluing them. Trim the excess.
Glue thin strips of the patterns on the clothespin and you have an interesting quiet time activity for your toddler.