Productive Play Follow-up with Elissa & Debi

If Not You, Who? Productive Play

Radio Show #1 Recap

March 2014

We had so much fun on our first show. Thanks to all of you who tuned in and we are
already getting ready for our next show. Our show, “Productive Play” is based on our
educational website www.ifnotyouwho.org
 
“Productive Play” was created to enlighten adults on ways to effectively interact with
young children in an educational and fun way. We do this by taking one activity from
the www.ifnotyouwho.org website and chat about the simple steps needed to share
the idea with a preschooler. Sharing why this type activity is an important part of skill
development helps adults to realize the role they play in getting children ready for
After each “Productive Play” show, we will recap the episode here on the Word of Mom
Radio Blog. Everyone is busy so if you had to tune out early, missed the original show,
or need a refresher of the activity and what we discussed, this where you can check
back and find all the information you need!
 
Color Hunt Game
Phase 1, Month 4, Activity 8
• Bag (pillowcase, shopping bag, etc…)
• Give child a bag and ask him to find 4 red objects in the home and place in the bag 
• Next have child find and add 4 yellow objects to bag
• Finally, child adds 4 blue objects to bag
• Child will return bag to you
• Remove each object one at a time from the bag and let child tell you the color
• Together, return each object to correct space
*Objects can be anything!  (clothing, stuffed animals, notebooks, candies, markers/
crayons, napkins, lids, washcloths, toys, etc.)
 
• For younger kids, give them a color sample to take with them so they can match
colors. Send them off on their hunt with a red crayon or other red object since
kids can match colors before they are able to pick out colors on their own.
 
• For older kids, try having them find “shades” of colors- crimson, maroon etc.
 
• After all 12 objects are collected, ask child to remove a red object, yellow object,
and so on until all the objects are removed. You can make sets of 4 by putting
the objects in the correct color pile
 
• Add a math skill by counting aloud the number of objects
1) Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
2) Color Dance by Ann Jonas
3) Little Blue and Little Yellow by Lio Lionni
 
These books also focus on colors and reading them is a great way to extend this
activity. Children learn by repetition and play and reading is an easy way to repeat
exposing a child to colors with fun books. Check your local library!
 
Thanks for stopping by Word of Mom Radio. We are quite excited for the opportunity to share ideas and activities during the monthly show of Productive Play. If you have any questions, or show ideas or feedback, please feel free to reach out to us. And remember to visit www.ifnotyouwho.org and discover over 300+ free activities that help
prepare kids for kindergarten and life! ~ Debi Dutton & Elissa Sungar

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