Colorful fine motor play in preschool

The children have been exploring this wonderful color matching game….

The game board was colored with markers then laminated and the clothespins were painted to match each color…

The children simply used their fingers to squeeze a clothespin and clip it on to the matching color on the wheel…

It is a wonderful way to work with color recognition, matching, counting, and fine motor skills. One little boy even discovered that the clothespins could be hooked together to make animals…

And this child discovered that he could make AB patterns with the clothespins…

We also discovered that we could put more than one clothespin on each color then count them!

Leave it to the kids to find 101 uses for any type of manipulative set out for their play!

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By |2017-01-31T17:29:18+00:00November 14th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Krystal November 14, 2010 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Great idea- thank you 🙂

  2. jess November 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Love it!

  3. Jackie November 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I really like how you wrote the names of the colors on the wheel. A little sight word introduction 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 20, 2010 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Jackie – thank you for stopping by:) The girl who made these color wheels does a great job taking her time to make them educational and fun!

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