What could be more satisfying and fun for children than feeling and working with soil and plantation? Perfect spring and summer activity introducing the concept of growth. Watering it everyday to watch it's growth and marvel at nature's beautiful gifts. Introduction can be given by age: 3 (years) under an adult supervision.
So here we are exploring world of colors. This activity can be introduced at the age: 3 yrs.or more. To begin with invite the child and show him/her where the activity is located. But before taking the tray to the table, tell the child to spread a piece of cloth/mat/towel on the table to avoid the paint stains on the table.
The idea is to match the sheets with the same colors. The simple, yet important concept of "same " and "different" can be introduced to a child who is 18 months old or older. Adults can use their judgement, some children can be ready even before 18 months, but may not be able to complete the entire activity all bythemselves without help.
When doing this activity, you may just want to begin with the basic three colors: red, yellow and blue. Once observed that the child shows readiness for more, slowly keep adding more colors to it.
The material used here is simple, i.e. colored foam sheets, which are generally used for crafts. They may come in different thickness. So the thicker ones will be better to use. As they are often precut, so don't even need to cut them. The best thing is that this material can be reused for a different purpose, once the child grows out of it. It's available at dollar shops. So economical at the same time.
This activity can be a lot of fun, especially on occasions e.g. Halloween, Christmas, Easter or even Birthydays. It's perfect when having lots of candies in stock, don't really have to go out and buy them and it generally happens that on special occasions we do get lot's of them, sometimes not knowing what to do with them, and children are just fascinated by the colors, textures, and patterns of each sweet.
Generally it so happens that children want to carry them, hold them, play with them not to mention eat them, of course that is bound to happen. But we can be reasonable in our explanation if we allow them to have one or two. Let them know from before that we'll sort out the candies according to colors and not eat them. If so they cannot do this activity or they'll be asked to put it back.