With spring almost upon us, I decided to welcome in the warmer weather (and probably lots of rain) with a fun little spring flower color matching game your toddlers and preschoolers are bound to enjoy.
In this game your children will have to plant the correct color flower in its matching pot to ensure it grows strong and healthy!
Other free spring printables that you may want to check out:
What Skills Can Your Little Ones Learn?
For a simple game, there’s actually quite a lot of skills that can be learnt and practiced!
With this Spring flower color matching game your little ones can develop:
- Color recognition practice – they will need to look closely at the colors, to ensure that they are matching the correct flowers and pots.
- Fine motor skills – as they’ll need to be able to pick up the flowers, and hand-eye coordination and hand control as they ensure they are planting them in the correct pots.
- Speech and language development – If you make sure you are getting them to say the colors when they are matching it will help the color names become embedded as they associate the name of the color with what it looks like. You can also ask them questions – what else do you know that is green? Can you see anything else in the room which is pink? Where is it? This kind of questioning will keep them engaged and is great for language development as they describe what they are thinking and can see.
- Patience and persistence – They’ll have to carry on even if they find it tricky at first.
Who’d have thought such a simple game can help your children develop so many skills – that’s the power of play!
(DISCLAIMER It can also be a lovely way to keep them occupied when you need to get the tea ready or do any of the hundreds of other jobs that just seem to constantly need doing.)
How To Prepare This Flower Color Matching Game
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Firstly, download it by clicking on the image below.
Then, print it out on to paper or card.
Next, cut the pieces out carefully.
There’s leaves on the stalks (for some extra flavour) which can be a bit fiddly to cut out so you may want to just chop them off – it won’t affect what your children are learning.
I’d advise laminating them after as it will keep them nice if want to use them again.
Here’s an affordable and reliable laminator if you don’t have one (a laminator is a great investment if you plan on downloading more printables!)
Now you’re all set and ready to play!
Some Tips to get Some Extra Language Development In
I mentioned above that these kinds of games can be great for language development as well as color recognition.
Talking about what they can see while they’re playing is always great.
Ask them to think about the colors. What colors can you see? What else in the room is that color? Do you know any animals that have that color on them somewhere?
Ask them about the shapes. What shapes are the flowers and pots made up of? What else do you know that is that shape?
Talking about shapes can be great to enhance their early math skills as well!
This kind of questioning will keep them engaged and make them think more about what they are doing. It’s also brilliant for language development as you ask them to describe the flowers.
Don’t let them get away with ‘pretty’ or ‘nice’; teach them some words they might not know like ‘majestic’, ‘luminous’ and ‘radiant’.
Later, you could take them into the garden or park and see if they can describe the flowers they see there. You’ll be surprised how often they use these new words!
I hope you and your little ones enjoy this spring flower color matching game!
If you do, feel free to let me know in the comments below. Or if there’s any other printables you’d like me to have a go at creating.
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Until next time,
Let’s nurtured those neurons!