I have a toddler that was speaking clearly around 8 months and saying multi-syllable words. A few months later he completely stopped talking for about a year. The tantrums were outrageous as he was no longer able to communicate his needs the way he learned to. His hearing was tested and it came back as normal. He has a therapist come to the house to help him but now that he is learning to talk again he can’t pronounce words the same. At 8 months he used to say “banana” and now at 2 years old he says “nanana”. Doctors can’t explain it and offer little to no help. So I’ve taken it upon myself to create more hands-on activities and sensory projects at home to help stimulate and create a fun learning environment.

I created this color board a couple days ago and so far he has learned 4 colors. Not to mention that since I also taped a matching color at the bottom it’s now become a matching game for him as well, making the board have a double purpose.

Supplies:

  • Foam board cut in half, the back side is a neon green. (www.Dollar Tree.com)  $1
  • Paint Chip Cards (www.Lowes.com) Free
  • Velcro (www.Walmart.com) $2.97
  • Printer (or you can print at www.FedExKinkos.com for a few cents)

 

I went to Lowes and collected as many colors as I could without overwhelming my little guy. I figured I can always update it later with tougher colors. I then cut them into squares but cutting off the top triangle part and the bottom part that has a cutout of a house. The top part (the triangle part after its cut) was used for the bottom (taped down to board) as a guide. A guide for me to place the velcro and a matching guide for my toddler that can’t read yet. As he is placing the colors back I repeat the colors out loud so he’s not just matching the colors but he’s hears them as well.

I created the names in English and Spanish (probably got a few wrong) because I want him to be bilingual. You are welcomed to just do them in English or your native language. I then cut them down and covered them completely with tape in case he has dirty fingers they can just be wiped off.

 

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