Hopefully you’ve already seen Part 1 and the various activities I put together using Color Coding Labels. Once you begin to see the numerous ways to use them, you too will find them important to have as a stable tool for creating quick ‘go to’ activities that will keep your child engaged and challenged. If you read my previous post, hopefully you’ll also realize how any of these activities could be turned into Busy Bag activities! The best part about using stickers (in my opinion) is that it slows children down. Some how adding an extra process such as peeling, encourages children to concentrate and be mindful of their actions.  I have used them for years and with the help of a few friends on Instagram, we will further share the endless possibilities. Let’s get started!

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The Number Matching Mat is a variation to the Montessori Lesson referred to as Cards and Counters, some refer to it as Odds and Evens. The original lesson does not include dots. This is a variation to the lesson and I have come up with a few ways for you to get the most out of the lesson which can be used as it’s original intent, to teach Odds and Evens, or in the manner that I’ll describe below.

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Pictured above, I printed two of the same mats. I cut the second page and used it as a visual matching activity. In terms of sequencing, Montessori lessons move from concrete to abstract. In other words,object to picture matching to picture to picture matching. This lesson would come second.

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So you might ask, so which lesson would  come first? This activity above comes first. I used left over red marbles from a math sensory box I created a few weeks back (See DIY Multisensory Math – Click on From This To That Early Learning’ at the top of the page and it’ll take you to the menu). Selecting and placing a marble on the mat is 1:1 correspondence.

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Next in the sequence would be to associate the numeral with the quantity. The best Montessori math work that introduces this concept is the Red and Blue Rods with the numeral cards, and then the Spindle Box. This activity again is a variation. If you’re on a shoe string budget, this is an option for you to use in teaching the concept of numeral (the number) and the specific quantity that it’s associated with. This is generally introduced between the ages of 2.5 to 3.5.

For additional practice, cut the mat into squares and play Memory. Turn the cards over and take turns trying to find the numeral and quantity match!

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Lastly, of the three activities mentioned, this is the last activity that combines all three objectives; numeral sequencing, 1:1 correspondence, numeral and quantity association. Adding different objects to count and putting them in boxes offers a bit of unknown anticipation. Children love opening things, so why not combine those aspects! In case you’re wondering the containers, vinyl stickers and erasers came from Dollar Tree.

Print the PDF: Number Matching

Word Family Sort:

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In Part 1, I demonstrate 2 ways to use Color Code labels for discriminating letters and provided a 2 letter phonics activity. To build on reading 3 letter words, children need ample opportunities to read 3 letter words. Word Families is a term used to describe 3 letter words that have the same last 2 letters that rhyme. In the PDF I provide, I provided a basic list and a sheet for you to personalize and individualize.

PDF: Word Family Word Sort – Dot Stickers

Matching Sight Words:

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Sight words are words that are learned by memory. This activity is a combination of visual matching and sight word identification. Each page introduces five letters at a time. For additional practice, once the sheet has been completed, cut them up and turn them into mini flashcards! Below are the sight words for Kindergarten!

PDF: Sight Word Matching-Dot Stickers

Advance Math:

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This original work was inspired by ‘homeschoolingmuslimah  on Instagram. This is wonderful for children to see a visual representation of the quantity and the numeral.  Most children should have a strong understanding of quantity before comparing numbers, however children’s needs are all different. This is a wonderful adaptive strategy for those needing extra practice and guidance. Many thanks @homeschoolingmuslimah for this wonderful contribution!

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PDF:Comparing Numbers – Dot Stickers

* I added blue circles as a starting point (model) for students. I also scaffolded each page so that the child has enough practice with once concept before learning another. Please let me know how this works out for you!

Examples of Combining Toys with Color Coding Stickers to Make Learning Activities:

Color Coding Labels offer many opportunities for us to use creatively. The following photos are examples of how to use them in combination with the toys your child loves! This is very Montessori, which is following their interest while introducing them to new learning concepts. I like to think of this as working smarter not harder! If you know your child has an interest in something, use it to your advantage. I hope some of these ideas will help you think out side the box!

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Examples of Combining Misc. Materials and Coding Labels to Make Learning Activities: 

The following are activities that combine miscellaneous materials to make learning activities. This was a cookie container that somewhat resembles roulette.  The activity offers fine motor and color matching. My kids loved this!

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Here’s another variation from a Mom on instagram, @ilihardinata!

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Below is from a blog post where I described over a dozen ways to use recycled caps. I turned this into a pattern matching activity. The clothespins were from Dollar Tree and preparation was under 5 minutes! The photo beneath is another variation to patterning.

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I’ve seen this for years and sadly, I can not recall from where. My apologies for not giving credit where it’s due. I used white color code labels and matched the colors according to Montessori color beadstair. It took me about 15 minutes in total. I have always found success with activities similar to this. Perhaps it’s the shape and resemblance to a pizza.

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Another fun use for Color Code Labels was again by ilihardinata. In fact both activities are inspired by her. She added color code labels to coins. I thought this was rather brilliant. Children like the weight of coins and this provides a nice activity for fine motor, visual perception, eye hand coordination and auditory stimulation.

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Lastly, this is a wonderful example of taking items we all have and recycling them. Adding the color code labels adds a nice visual touch that is appealing for numeral matching.

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An enormous thanks goes to Instagram users:  ilihardinata, homeschoolingmuslimah, juju_emily and doruklusaatler. These ladies are doing some incredible things that I have yet to see on Pinterest. You got them here first! Much love and thanks to them for sharing and helping us all find inspiration!

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If you have toys at home that have lost their pizzazz, my next post will be on repurposing them to extend interest while introducing/ practicing previously learned skills! Why buy more toys when you can reuse old ones for a new purpose!

Have a blessed day!

Warmly,

Mandi