On a recent trip to the Dollar Tree I spotted these rainbow colored pill cases. They looked like a great toy for Tinker who loves twisting caps on and off, so I picked one up. Since then we’ve been using it for this simple color matching and fine motor activity.
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Materials for this Fine Motor Rainbow Sorting Activity
To make your own you only need two things. First you’ll need a pill case. As I mentioned we found ours at the Dollar Tree, but this pill case looks very similar. You’ll also need some pom poms in colors to match your case.
The first time I opened the compartments they were a bit hard to open and close, so I turned them back and forth a few times to loosen them up. Since then Tinker has been able to open and close them on her own without any trouble.
Ways to Play
The first time I introduced this activity I set it up as a tot tray to use during our home preschool time. One day I placed the pom poms inside the compartments for her to open and remove. Another day I placed the pom poms outside of the compartments for her to match and close.
This is also a great boredom buster to toss in your purse or diaper bag. It’s very lightweight, and it engages young kids for a few minutes when you are waiting at places like restaurants, doctor’s offices, and siblings’ extracurricular activities.
For older kids you might choose a clear case and label it with color words. Then kids could match the corresponding color pom pom to the color word on the case.
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