This was so easy to set up and so simple that I actually thought they might get bored of it quickly. But they loved it. I was surprised by how long they kept going with it.
Using an idea I got here, I put 4 shades of paint in a muffin tray (which is so convenient for painting that I can’t believe I never did it before!) and set matching colored blocks of different shapes inside. Setting it up for them in advance like that really gave them a sense of what to do rather than me just setting out the paint and blocks separately and hoping they matched the colors.
They both enjoyed printing with the different blocks and colors. I did two of each color to make sharing a little easier. I was impressed that they kept the blocks in the same spots and didn’t mix any colors. It was a good color matching activity as well (even though that wasn’t my original thought), especially for Sweet Pea. I also think it was a good fine motor activity as they worked to picked up the smaller triangle blocks without getting the paint on their fingers, which wasn’t easy.
Sweet Pea’s is the first one.