My daughter, like many toddlers and preschoolers, is a natural color matcher. I knew she would like this fine motor activity, but I was still happily surprised by the concentration she showed while doing it. I used color matching to grab her attention so that she would be more inclined to participate in a challenging activity. This color-matching activity not only for color recognition it is excellent for both fine motor development and eye-hand coordination too. We called it a turkey feather match since we’ve been talking a lot about turkeys and Thanksgiving, but you could do this fine motor activity any time of year.
- Gather your materials. You will need some styrofoam, colored feathers, permanent markers in colors that match your feathers. That’s it! Make sure you are using sturdy feathers, the small feathers you get at some crafts stores won’t be strong enough.
- Start by making dots on the styrofoam with the markers.
- Invite your best color matcher to do their thing! Look at those fine motor skills! I showed her how to do the first one, and then she was off! It takes a good amount of hand strength to pinch the feathers and push them into the styrofoam. It’s such a great way to build those fine motor skills needed for eventual handwriting and other skills like using utensils.
- She pointed out extra dots that we had no feathers to match. Luckily I hadn’t put all the feathers out and was able to get a few more for her to color match and continue to work on those fine motor skills.She liked the contrasting textures too, which brought a little sensory experience into the activity as well.
- And she did.
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