Crayola Kids Paints are surely one of the must have craft materials for kids. Children love to paint! There was a time when my little boy would paint every single day. And therefore, we collected a lot of empty Crayola paint bottles. I was actually glad that we didn’t throw them out since they are good materials for teaching numbers, shapes and letters. Additionally, these plastic bottles can also be used for STEAM, particularly engineering and science toddler (and older kids) activities.
CRAYOLA PAINT BOTTLE ACTIVTIES:
A. STEAM ACTIVITIES:
Science (#1) & Engineering (#2)
Use the empty bottles for teaching your toddlers primary colors and secondary colors. Fill up ¾ of the bottle with water. In the inner side of the lids, place 2 primary colors (choose from yellow, red, green). Close the bottles and ask toddlers to shake it. Let kids identify the secondary colors.
Red + Blue = Violet
Blue + Yellow = Green
Red + Yellow = Orange
Wrap the empty bottles with construction papers. Engineer bridges by placing craft sticks on top of the bottles as seen in the above picture. Use the engineered bridges for animals. That’s it!
B. LEARNING ACTIVITIES:
Color (#3), Number (#4), Shape (#5), Letter (#6)
3. Color Recognition
Prepare a DIY color mat for this matching game with the use of a cardboard. Trace the bottom of a bottle in the cardboard to create circles and then paint accordingly. Air dry the paints for few hours. Toddlers, with the help of parents, can identify and match the colors (bottles with cardboard) accordingly.
4. Number recognition
Lids of the bottles can be used for number matching games. Trace circles in the cardboard with the use of a lid to create balloon drawings. Afterwards, mark the balloon drawings and lids with numbers. Now, kids are ready for this exercise.
5. Shapes recognition
Paint or draw some shapes in the empty bottles. Do the same with the cardboard. Let the paints air dry for few hours before playing the shapes matching game.
6. Matching Letters
Use the back side of the bottles (used with the shapes above in $5), and write down the alphabets that you would like to teach your toddlers. Use the inner side of the lids for marking the matching letters. Now, these are ready for letter matching game!
And there you go! Those are the 6 fun science, technology and learning ideas with the use of crayola paint bottles. I would also love to hear some ideas from you! Feel free to leave your comments below.
Till next time,
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- Definition of STEAM and five STEAM activities
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- What to teach 2 to 3 year old kids