These circle punch activities help develop hand-eye coordination while working on color sorting and counting. All you need is a ton of paint swatches (from Home Depot, Lowes, etc.), a craft paper punch — I used a 1″ circle punch — and some glue. Punching out all the swatches is the most time-consuming (and painful) part of this activity. I punched out stacks and stacks of swatches and put all the circles in a ziploc bag.
Then, I created some layouts in InDesign — there’s a rainbow, some just for shapes, and some that are a bit more complicated. There’s even one where I put the first letter of the color you’re supposed to use in the circle. CLICK HERE to download the templates I made for my son. (For the page with flowers, I used flower shape punches just to fancy it up a little. But use your imagination!!) Remember, for my templates, you’ll need to use a 1″ circle punch, but you can use anything you’d like if you make your own designs. If you use my templates, I recommend printing them on cardstock and dotting glue in the circles. Then, let your kids go to town!
Once everything had dried, we selected our favorites and framed them for the shelves in my son’s toy room. He had a lot of fun with these activities and I hope your little ones do as well.