A Fun Fine Motor Game

A Fun Fine Motor Game

Inside: Preschool color matching activity using paper rolls

Have you ever tried collecting paper rolls? 

They add us fast. 

Like SUPER fast. 

Well, my confession is that I am a paper roll hoarder. In fact, I have accumulated so many that I was able to make this color maze and still have some to spare. (Let's keep this collection habit between just us, okay?)

Do you have the same overflowing collection? You may also love Room on the Broom and Caps for Sale. 

You will also find this fun idea on Dd is for Design on our Alphabet Activity Cards! 

preschool color matching activity

What I loved about this setup, is that it gave my three-year-old some guidelines to improve his fine motor grip.

My preschooler had to only paint on one side of the paper roll which allowed him to focus and paint more carefully than usual. 

As we painted, there was no exact number of each color. We just painted a few of every color and mixed up the color combinations on the paper rolls. 

  • Gather paper rolls of different sizes. 
  • Paint the ends.
  • Let the tubes dry.
preschool color matching activity

SIMPLE Supplies:

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Paper Rolls - large and small

Paper shopping bags to paint on

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And Now, It's Time for Some Color Matching FUN! 

Begin by connecting alike colors. 

Allow your preschooler to decide how they can begin.

Stumped? Try this prompt:

"I see a lot of ends that are red. Let's see what happens when we connect the two alike colors."

"Look! Now the end is blue. Show me which tube we can connect to the blue side."

  • Take turns placing the correct color tube on either end. 
  • Extend the game by talking and creating different designs. 
preschool color matching activity
preschool color matching game

What's the BIG idea behind Preschool Color Matching?

By Kindergarten, children will be asked to:

  • Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count. - Here, your preschooler is classifying color. 
  • Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/"corners") and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
  • Problem solving, collaboration, and taking turns. 

You can find more of this activity, plus 50+ more ideas on our Alphabet Activity Cards! 

preschool DIY color game

No Time to Make This, But Want a Preschool Color Matching Game? 

Love Color Matching at Home?

Check out Pom Pom Color Match, Apple Match in my favorite preschool curriculum, Busy Toddler's color matching activity here! 

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