Peg and Plate Activity Fun

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Peg and Plate Activity Fun
Pegs nowadays are not just used for hanging clothes but can also be used creatively and innovatively for helping your child in terms of learning. The peg has a partner and that partner is a paper plate; and together they can create a variety of games for you and your child to enjoy.
It is also now common knowledge that opening and closing pegs is a part of building a child's motor skills. The strength of their fingers is increased which helps when they have to use a pencil to write their numbers and letters. Besides this, their visual skills as well as the child's eye - hand co ordination is well taken care of.
The most popular activity using a peg is the one where the child has to put the pegs around a paper plate and then remove them again. But, this isn't the only one - like I said before, we can make this whole thing more creative, innovative and educational.
Here are a few fun ways to turn the peg and plate into an exciting plethora of games.
1) The Colour Game
Using the primary colours, which are blue, red and yellow; one can divide the paper plate and colour the sections accordingly. Then, you can both colour the pegs and ask the child to match the colours or call out the colour and ask the child to attach the peg to the correct section.
If you find it difficult to colour the peg; have a bit of fun with your tot and dip the peg in a bowl filled with that colour paint. You can also paint the 3 sections of the plate with the help of your child. Powder paints are now available which make painting fun as well as less messy. Though painting isn’t fun if not a bit messy at least.
As the child learns the primary colours, move on to secondary colours, mainly, orange, green and violet (purple).
You can add colours as you go along but please don’t introduce light and dark colours or any other shades of colours because that might confuse the child and make the game a bit difficult.
One can also create rainbow colours on the plate and ask the child to peg the colours according to which colour comes first, second etc. You can also number the pegs which will double up this activity to practicing numbers as well as help the child remember that ‘there are 7 colours in the rainbow.’

The next game that I am about to suggest may be a bit complicated but nonetheless, here goes –
One can also colour the pegs into those colours which when mixed create a particular colour. Colour 2 pegs the same colour as the answer – for e.g when we mix blue and yellow, we get green – therefore, we paint 2 pegs green and the child must apply those pegs on the 2 colours that need to be mixed to make that colour shown on the peg.
So, the child will put one green peg on yellow and one green peg on blue.
You can also paint the pegs blue, yellow and red; and then, allow the child to put those pegs on that section of the plate which have a colour that is created when 2 colours are mixed. For e.g. a blue peg and a yellow peg will be put on the green section of the plate. I think this one sounds easier than the one mentioned above. But I would suggest trying them all because it’s not only fun, but also a very different way of doing something that is in fact an easy concept to learn. By twisting around any concept; the concept itself becomes an interesting target for the child’s already peeked curiosity.
Once again, this game should be done in simple a manner as possible, which means no introducing too many shades of one particular colour.
2) Letters of the Alphabet
Write the capital and small letters together on a paper plate (do it 5 at a time) - call out the letter and see if the child can place the peg on the correct letter.

You can also create a few paper plates that have capital letters on them and a few pegs which have the small letters on them. The child can then match the letters by attaching the pegs correctly.
If you feel you cannot attach a small letter to the peg, just hold up/draw a capital letter and ask the child to place the peg on the correct small letter which should be drawn on the plate.
Do the same activity in reverse as well, that is, hold up/draw a small letter and ask the child to place the peg on the capital letter; which again, should be drawn on the paper plate.
Doing an activity both ways helps the child to understand the concept entirely rather than just learning and memorising the activity in a similar monotonous way.
Another fun way is to make the activity with your child. Ask your child to look out and show you pictures that start with letters or start with the letter sounds, Aa, Bb, Cc, Dd and Ee and so on. It will help if you take the pictures out and scatter them for the child to find them. Do 5 letters at a time as this makes it much easier for the child to carry on the activity for a longer period of time as well as revise and learn what has been previously done. After your child correctly chooses the pictures, divide the plate into 5 sections and stick the pictures accordingly. Then, you can write the letters of the alphabet on the pegs or maybe just stick the letters onto the pegs. Do this for all the letters of the alphabet and enjoy the game.
3) Letter Sounds
You can use the same paper plates as above to do a phonics activity.  
Show the child a picture that starts with the letter sound, for e.g. a picture of an apple for ‘the letter sound Aa’ (which will be written on the plate) and ask the child to say the sound and place the peg accordingly or you can simply use the plates that you and your little one have made for the letter activity.
In the same way as mentioned in the letter section, the parent can call out the letter sound and the child can place the peg on the correct letter.
To give the child a break, do the activity in reverse, where the parent can place the peg and the child can call out the sound.
Do a few wrong and watch your child’s reaction.
Please remember that all the pegs or plates have to have the letters of the alphabet (big and small) attached to them, excepting those in which you are playing a matching game (because you are calling out a letter sound)
4) Numbers
Again, for the purpose of building recognition skills, call out a number and ask the child to place the peg on that number.
 The parent can also draw a particular number of objects, call out the number and the child can count and place the pegs accordingly.
One can also ask the child to put as many pegs onto a section of the plate as the number of objects drawn. For e.g. 2 balls on one section will require the child to put 2 pegs on that section.
For the concept of one and many or addition and subtraction – the answer should be pasted onto the peg and the sum written on the plate. Many people teach their children number through finger activity which is actually the very best way but you can also number your plates in the middle and divide that plate into the different ways that number can be counted.
For e.g. for the number ‘5’ we put 5 in the middle of the late – then divide the plate into – 1+4, 2+3, 3+2, 4+1, I am not sure about the concept of zero at this point of time, as in 0+5 and 5+0, so I would suggest to ask a teacher or your resident interview trainer. Stick pictures and not numbers to show them how objects are counted; plain numbers will not be as creative and exciting as pictures. If you feel the little one is finding it too much; please stop.
One can do a great many things with this particular concept but please realise that this activity is designed to help toddlers, strengthen their ability to use their fingers correctly as per the exercise. Thereby, allowing children to colour draw and write with ease.
Here is a basic outline for a few more:
To help with rhyming words
Different words on the pegs and different words on the plate. Place the peg on the word that rhymes.
To help with sequencing
Place the story pictures all around the plate. Number the pegs. Place the pegs on the plate in correct sequence. You also do a life cycle sequence instead of a story.
To help with shapes
Draw or stick a shape on the peg. On the plate draw or stick an object of that shape; for e.g. circle – sun, rectangle – window or frame, square – box, triangle – sandwich and oval – egg. Do this only if convenient because the size of the peg needs to be comfortable as per the picture or even if you have to draw on it. You can also just call it out; ‘place the peg on the object that resembles (looks like) a square’
If any of you come up with more activities or ideas, please do share it with us. It is always exciting and fulfilling for a parent to create new things for their child.
I truly hope this helps all of you make learning fun for your tot; enjoy this and let me know how it goes.
Please note: The pictures provided here are examples for reference. You must make your pegs and plates to your child’s liking and also, as to how they are taught in school as well as in their interview training classes. The letters on the plate should be done 5 at a time; the picture given here shows all letters together; that really isn’t a good idea.


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