I came up with this idea a few years ago, but recently read in a parenting magazine that some one else had the same idea. So I guess many people think outside the box.
I found these Mickey Mouse paint chips at Home Depot and took as many home as I could. There are many colors: white, black, purple, green, orange, red, blue. I laminated them and now use them for a matching game.
- I also made a board with color words for older children to match the Mickey Mouse color with the word.
- Make patterns. Have children create their own patterns or finish a pattern you start.
- Add or subtract cards. Example, if I have 3 Mickey cards and you have 2 Blue how many do we have?
- The colors correspond with my color book. Update, my daughter now knows green, pink, brown, white, and purple after using the color book for a couple weeks!
- Place all cards face down and have older kids write the colors as they find them on a separate piece of paper.
- They could be used to pick groups.
- Use a permanent marker and write letters on them. Have older kids make words, recognize letters, match upper and lower case letters.. Hint: use hairspray to wipe the letters off the cards.
- Use permanent marker and write number on the cards. Use for number recognition, adding, subtracting, etc.
- The list really is endless.