Sensory Skills

Paint Swatch Exploration

Ideal for Infant , Toddler

Various colored paint chip gradients lay on top each other.

Materials Needed:

  • Paint swatches in a variety of hues

Participants: This activity is intended for independent play and adult/child interaction.


  1. Show your child a few paint chips in basic colors.
  2. Say the names of each color.
  3. Offer paint swatches in pastels and tones and identify those colors. Place those paint chips next to the basic colors, (e.g., place robin-egg blue next to your basic blue paint chip.)

Extensions: This activity has endless extensions. Get two of each paint swatches to make a matching game. Ask your toddler to find objects in the house that are the same color as the paint swatches . Offer washable tempera paints and teach your older child how to mix paints to make new shades. Provide pompoms or other objects in a variety of colors. Ask your child to sort the objects by color. Display colorful natural objects, such as nontoxic flowers, seashells, or leaves.

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