First I stuck some velcro stickers on the back of a shoebox lid, and glued the lid to a slightly larger piece of poster board.
Then I glued paint chip pieces around the edge of the poster board.
I glued corresponding paint chip pieces to clothes pins.
And I got this. A thingambob that sticks to the flannelboard and juts out enough for tiny hands to attach the color match.
There are a few kinks to work out. The two blue colors are too similar and confused my beta tester (the cutest almost 2 year old in the entire world), the Lily Lavender up in the top left corner fades into the background and that's to say nothing of the fact that I don't have any red up there. For the most part, though, I really like this new match game and the hand eye coordination skills that it will help build. I'm thinking of eventually expanding into different shapes and for a real challenge colors on the same paint chip/color gradient, but for now there's a small problem...
...So here's my problem and where I turn to you guys, oh great collective brain of Flannel Friday. I don't have a delivery system. No song or rhyme or anything other than "Here ya go, find your match" once I pass out the clothespins. I need something catchy, something they'll remember, something to draw them in and make it an actual game.
What'dya say? Got any ideas for me?
Flannel Friday is hosted this week by Mollie at What Happens in Storytime and as always you can find more information about Flannel Friday and browse past round-ups at the official website.