I had fun making these homemade color cards when my son was around 15 months old. I get a lot of magazines (mostly for free through the e-rewards online survey program). When he was that age, he loved looking at pictures and naming things he knew. We didn’t use these at home very often, but they were nice to look at in the car or restaurants or whenever I needed him to sit still for a little while.
Recommended Age Range: Baby/Toddler, Preschool
Time Required: ~1-2 hours (not counting 3 or 4 hours I casually spent cutting out pictures of different colors)
Difficulty: Super Easy
Cost: Less than $5 in used supplies (Contact paper is a little expensive for a roll (~$6), but very little is used. Had I had my laminator (Affiliate Link) then, which I love, I might have used that instead, but it still would have been less than $5 total in used supplies. Also, this is assuming you can get the magazines and pamphlets for free. If not, I recommend printing pictures from online image galleries, which is less fun.)
- around eleven 4″x6″ index cards
- contact paper
- markers, crayons, paint, or construction paper
Supplies & Tools:
- Cut out magazine pictures of objects your toddler will recognize in these colors (or more if you like): red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, white, grey, & black
- Glue the picture of each color onto one side of a 4″x6″ index card.
- Color the other side of each card the appropriate color. I used marker, but you could use paint, crayons, or glue on a piece of construction paper.
- Cut out 22 pieces of contact paper at least 5″ by 7″ (precise dimensions not important, because it’ll be trimmed).
- “Laminate” the cards with the contact paper (or use a real laminator if you have one).