Extend the Play: Dino Dig

Posted by jencooper - November 01, 2015

Is your little palenotologist crazy for KneeBouncers’ Dinosaur Shape Match Game? Then try this DIY Dinosaur Shape Dig table top game. It’s a clever mash up of sensory play and shape identification — and helps extend the play! […]

play with colors: color wheel fun + scavenger hunt

Posted by heather - November 14, 2013
Play with Colors! Kneebouncers Color Wheel Activity + Scavenger Hunt #Preschool #Learning #KneeBouncersPlay

If your house is littered with crayons, markers, and colored pencils (oh my!), you just may have a preschooler around. Young kids LOVE playing with color, and learning colors is a first step toward early math and literacy skills.

The more your child plays with colors, the easier it is for them to identify, match, sort and collect by color. Our Color Wheel online game makes it fun and easy for children to learn colors through repetition. This color wheel extension activity gets little fingers in on the coloring action (yes, lets hone those fine motor skills) and can serve as a platform for a scavenger hunt.

Preschool and Toddler Activity


To get started, just download our free color wheel worksheet. You’ll want to print it on cardstock (or adhere copy paper to cardstock), cut and assemble by using a brass bracket to attach the smaller shape wheel on top of the color wheel.

Play with Colors! Kneebouncers Color Wheel Activity + Scavenger Hunt #Preschool #Learning #KneeBouncersPlay

Here’s where you — the parent — get to direct a little bit of the activity based on you want to challenge your child:

EASY: Have your child select a colored pencil, crayon or marker color and color the shape that lines up with color.

MODERATE: Have your child start at the red block. Call out a shape and have your child color that shape. Then call out another shape and have your child move the wheel so that shape then lines up with the next block (orange). They then color that shape orange.

MODERATE: Place all of the colored pencils (or crayons) that correspond with the color wheel in a box. Have your child close their eyes and select a crayon. After they open their eyes, they identify the color and color the shape next to the color on the wheel.


The fun doesn’t stop after you’ve colored the wheel! Now it’s time to go on a scavenger hunt!

Have your child call out a shape — and see what color that shape corresponds with on the color wheel. Then go around the house and find things that match the called color. Here’s your opportunity to talk about shades and tones of colors with older preschoolers.

Play with Colors! KneeBouncers Color Wheel Activity + Scavenger Hunt #Preschool #Learning #KneeBouncersPlay

Want to make it more of a challenge? Call out colors AND shapes. How many blue octagons can you find in your house? Works well for road trips, too! Use a paper clip to mark what color and shape your child is looking for, in case they need to reference it.

Sly Cat is all about blue… {imagine that}. What kind of blue things can you find around your house?

Play with Colors: Felt Mosaic Art

Posted by heather - October 10, 2013

We are thrilled to be joined today by Caroline Urdaneta, who writes the craft-tastic blog, Salsa Pie. Caroline came up with a colorful activity to do with your child and help hone their color recognition skills. Enjoy!

Play with Colors! Felt Mosaic Art - KneeBouncers

My family loves KneeBouncers! It’s such a great place to find games that, along with activities at home (including craft projects), are fantastic teaching tools for preschoolers.

I’m excited to share this fun Play with Colors that will help your child learn colors. It’s a super simple, super doable craft project that’s perfect for any busy mom. As an added bonus, the no mess set-up makes it a great fit for toggling between this activity and a Kneebouncers color game!

To get started you will need just a few simple supplies:

  • One white felt square
  • Felt squares of different colors
  • Scissors
Play with Colors! Felt Mosaic Art - KneeBouncers

Step 1
Lay a white square of felt on the table.

Step 2
Cut the different colored felt squares into tiny squares. Sort the squares into colors and name them.

Play with Colors! Felt Mosaic Art - KneeBouncers

Step 3
Have your child create a design out of the tiny felt squares and as they create designs, talk to them about the colors they are using. Ask questions and give directions such as “Can you find a green square? ” or “What can we made using green and yellow squares?”

The possibilities for this project are endless and the no-mess set-up makes it an easy project t do again and again creating different designs each time.

Play with Numbers Gross Motor Skills Game

Posted by heather - October 04, 2013
Take KneeBouncers' Up In The Air number game app to new heights with this gross motor skill number game, developed by Allison of Learn ~ Play ~ Imagine. #KneeBouncersPlay

Take KneeBouncers’ Up In The Air number game app to new heights with this gross motor skill number game, developed by Allison of Learn ~ Play ~ Imagine. All you need is a little chalk and a sidewalk!

What makes this activity great? Motor abilities and play are related to learning processes. Getting your child moving while learning helps the brain to develop and become better organized.

Another fun way to reinforce number recognition skills and play with purpose.

Check out Allison’s game here.

number play: math printable pack

Posted by heather - October 02, 2013
Play with Numbers! Download this fun preschool math printable pack created by KneeBouncers and Carisa from 1 + 1 + 1 = 1. #KneeBouncersPlay

Your preschooler loves playing our number games– so why not extend the play?   Download this fun preschool math worksheet pack created by KneeBouncers in partnership with Carisa from 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 and reinforce early mathematical concepts!

Here’s what’s included in the pack:

1. A simple graphing activity based on Run Puppy, Run!

2. Two sets of super-versatile number cards. You can use them to work on matching, numerical order, number identification, or play memory.

3. A more challenging math maze game for older preschoolers working on number sequencing and number identification.

Just another way to Play with Purpose! Many thanks to Carisa for helping us to develop these activities. Head over to her site and download the pack!

number play: penguin counting felt board inspired by numbrrrrrsss….

Posted by heather - September 23, 2013
Penguin Math Felt Game Inspired by KneeBouncers online game!

No doubt about it. One of our most popular games is Numbrrrs…. there is just something about those little penguins diving off the iceberg that makes preschoolers squeal. As an added bonus, they can count along with the game, reinforcing early mathematical concepts and number recognition.

Blogger Megan Sheakoski from Coffee Cups and Crayons created an iceberg math felt board inspired by our game. So now your child can play with numbers — and penguins — online and off! Visit Megan’s site for a FREE printable and create your own board!

See the Felt Board Counting Game