When Jax and Em were the same age as Em and Little H are now, I came across a really “sweet” game that helped them learn their numbers as well as colors, plus kept in the whole rainbow theme I like to celebrate in March. Rainbows help me see the light at the end of this wintery tunnel, and to remember that March signifies the beginning of spring, no matter how much snow covers our sleeping flower beds! So imagine my delight when I discovered that I had saved the “game board” from three years ago and had everything I needed to play with my three!
You can see my detailed instructions for making the game board here, but I basically traced quarters on a piece of card stock in a “rainbow” formation (as best I could). Then I colored them in rainbow order. I also made a list of which color matched a corresponding number which will be rolled by the kids on dice.
If they roll a 1, they get to put a red M & M on one of the red circles. If they roll a 2, an orange, etc. 6 means you can put a color of your choice on the rainbow (helps if one color is dominating) or, if the kids can’t handle the delayed gratification, they can eat a color of their choice!
Next, I took M & Ms (skittles, conversation hearts, Froot Loops, etc. would all work, too) and organized them by color.
The kids, at this point, were chomping at the bit and literally salivating.
Finally! You are ready to play! Give the kids each some dice (be careful of the choking hazard) and let the good times roll!
I love getting ready for spring this way! Lots of colors, high spirits, and fun for everyone. Life is sweet!
And if you like rainbow art and activities, too, there are lots more where that came from!