Colorful Clothespins

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Toddlers often fixate on a category when they first learn it (animals, body parts, a new song, etc), practicing endlessly. And then just as suddenly, they drop it! I noticed that Veronika doesn’t name her colors often anymore, so thought that a quick review might be fun. A bunch of empty coffee canisters were the exact tool I needed!

I originally intended to make three sets of coffee can + matching clothespins in the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue. But I had no blue paint or paper! Instead, I painted two cans (red and yellow), and covered the third in purple construction paper. Either method works fine.

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Then use paint or marker to color craft clothespins (i.e. the kind with no spring) in corresponding colors.

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I gave Veronika a whole jumble of the clothespins the next morning, and first she just wanted to play with them for a while.

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Then I asked her, “Where does your purple clothespin go? Purple goes in the purple can!”

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“Purple in purple!” she said with delight. After that, I really didn’t have to guide her on this; she loved matching the clothespins into the can of the same hue.

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Although of course sometimes there was a rogue yellow in the red, for example.

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I left the cans open, with no lids, so she could easily drop in the clothespins. That kept the focus on the color aspect of the game.

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That said, don’t forget that clothespins and coffee cans are also great for practicing precision (dropping through a hole in the lid) or for honing the pincer grip (if you use spring-type clothespins).

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To remind her of this, we did momentarily place the clothespins around the rim of a paper plate, which then became another fun activity all on its own.

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