Activity: Crayola Caper

AgeRange: 2 to 5

Purpose: This activity helps increase your child’s critical thinking skills, memory skills, and counting skills. An extra bonus is that you can do this activity any where, making it a great idea for waiting rooms, restaurants and other places you can expect to have to wait with your child.

Supplies Needed: Scrap paper, construction paper, and a box of your child’s crayons

Instructions: Everyone runs into a line at some point or the other, and when you have kids, it’s harder to manage that time. Drawing is a good way to increase your child motor skills and coordination skills, but even the art of color grows old after a while.

Keep a bag of various sized crayons on your bag for this game, or if you are playing at home, simply bring a cup full of random crayons to the play area. Ask your toddler to put the crayons in order from the smallest size to the largest size. The order of color doesn’t matter, the point is to have your child understand which size comes first and which follows after that. Once they correctly completed that activity, as them to count the crayons and line them up from the largest to smallest. To an adult, it may seem and easy task to re-order the crayons, but children still have to build this type of critical thinking skill before it becomes automatic.

Next, sorting by color groups is a great challenge to offer your child. It’s ok to offer them visual clues as help since every person sees colors slightly differently. For example, one child may put the violet crayon with the blues, while another child may place it with the purples. Both are correct in this case and each set of colors has similar crayon choices.

If your toddler is extra bright, or you want to give them a more unique critical thinking challenge, make a line on a piece of paper. After drawing the line, have your toddler guess how many of their crayons and in which color, will match the size of the line you drew. This is a great way to have them be creative as well as use their mind to understand size, depth and think critically to achieve the answer.