I recently saw a pin that was basically a piece of poster board with paper towel tubes painted different colors. Then you could match pom poms to the tubes. You learn colors and you play. I decided to make a more substantial one.
Here’s my supplies. A wooden board, tubes, and paint.
I couldn’t find plastic spray paint, so I got this primer. It worked amazingly.
For the tubes, I got 3 4 inch, 3 6 inch, and 3 12 inch PVC pipes.
Then, I got to painting. I painted the tubes red, blue, yellow, green, purple, and orange. I was going to do the rainbow but who can find indigo? I mean really. Poor indigo, gets a rough lot but oh well. I also was going to spray paint the board white but it became clear that there would be a ton of work needed. A lot of coats. Mama ain’t got time for that. Luckily, I had some white paint on hand and finished in like 4 minutes.
I primed the tubes and painted them all. I also painted the metal brackets that I would use to attach the tubes to the board so it would all match.
Letting it all dry.
Once it was all dry, I screwed the tubes to the board and painted a clear protective coat onto the entire thing. After it was completely dry, I brought it inside and get ready for Piglet to play.
I started out with the pom poms divided by color just to see what Piglet would do. He did was I thought, grabbed them all and stuffed them into the same tube and the same time.
To emphasize the colors, every time he stuffed the pom poms into a tube, I cheered out the color of the tube. After a while, he started yelling “Blue” along with me.
Overall, it was a great project. I enjoyed making it and I am thinking of tons of ways to use it as he gets older. Counting colors, matching colors. And since it’s made of durable stuff, not just cardboard, it should last until Blueberry is old enough to learn her colors too.