I had two goals for this simple activity: to review Veronika’s color knowledge and to hone her pinching skills. She’s just old enough now (at 21 months) to pinch a spring-type clothespin, but I realized quickly that it’s still a struggle for her. So you may want to wait until your toddler is a little older before setting up this activity.
Still, we made it work! I put colored dot stickers at intervals around the rim of an empty coffee can.
Then I put corresponding dot stickers on the clothespins.
For each one, I asked her, “What color is this dot?” Once she answered, I had her hunt through her pile for the same color on a clothespin.
Since the pinching was hard for her, I helped her secure the clothespin to the dot, then moved on to the next one. “What color is here?”
“Green!” she said proudly.
We worked our way once around the coffee can one time, though she did then lose interest and wanted to play with more dot stickers instead. Luckily there’s lots to do with leftover clothespins and empty cans if you leave them lying around.