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If you don't happen to have a surplus of magnets lying around you can easily make your own with magnetic tape from the craft store. Simply cut to the size you need and glue to found objects. Old game pieces, buttons, small toys, etc. all work great!
By Red Molly from Seattle, WA
Editor's Note: Because magnets could be a choking hazard to the little ones, make sure that they are large enough so this is not a problem.
What a great idea! Not only is your game appealing, but it provides an inexpensive educational source for preschoolers to recognize colors. You could also introduce the skill of "patterning" this way by showing the toddler how to make a color pattern -red, blue, red, blue, etc.
Teach your kids colors by letting them choose a little bit of food coloring for their baths. With a regular box of blue, green, yellow and red, you can make a lot of colors. It helps them learn not only colors, but which colors mixed together make other colors. It also makes bathtime fun, and it doesn't stain the tub or the kids.
I've been doing this for years first with my grandson and now with his little sister when they visit. We've explored with many combinations and they absolutely love it! Right now his favorite is "pond water" where we just mix all the colors together and it ends up looking just like dirty pond water. What little boy wouldn't love getting clean in a "pond"!