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My preschool aged kids love playing the Color Hunt Game.
And it just might be the simplest preschool game to implement, too! I call out a color, and they excitedly scurry around the house, filling a basket with small objects and/or toys of that color. Then they bring their overflowing basket back to me, and we explore their treasures together.
Usually, we lay them all out on a blanket to inspect them and talk about them. Sometimes we then play a simple I Spy game by me calling out certain toys and/or objects for them to find.
We were doing a Red Color Hunt one day just before Valentine’s Day, and as we were arranging our red-hued objects on the floor, a Valentine’s Day-themed idea came to me…
We could arrange them in the shape of a big heart to make a fun and educational Valentine for preschoolers!
A Color Hunt & DIY I Spy Valentine for Preschoolers!
The kids got a kick out of the giant heart we made. And I found it so beautiful, I wanted to capture it in a photo. That’s when I realized we could use the photo of our red I Spy Heart to make a DIY I Spy Valentine for Valentine’s Day. Here’s are the specific steps to make one with your preschooler…
How to Make a DIY I Spy Valentine with your Preschoolers:
- Give your child a basket or bin (an appropriate size they can hold), and send them on a hunt for small, red (or pink) toys and objects from around the house.
- Lay a large piece of white paper on the floor.
- Invite your child to help you arrange the toys and objects into a heart shape.
- Standing directly over the heart, photograph the heart, including some white space around it. (The macro setting on your camera might help.)
- Use a basic photo editing software or website (such as Picmonkey) to crop, add wording to your Valentine, and save as an image.
- Add multiple copies of the Valentine image to a word document with columns to create a sheet of Valentines.
- Print and cut out Valentines.
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But I really recommend doing the fun Color Hunt and I Spy Heart activity with your preschooler. The kids get color learning practice and strengthen their visual processing skills while you get to connect with them (and have entertained, happy kids for a while)!
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