This download includes 5 full colour pages of instructions with pictures, plus the printouts necessary to create the activity (as seen in the first picture).
You do not need a degree in crafting to create this activity, but it is a bit fussy and requires some time.
To construct this item you will also need:
5 sheets of white legal size piece of paper
one black legal size piece of paper
peel & stick laminate
red, blue, yellow and green string or non-fray ribbon
laminator and laminating film
scissors, glue stick/glue tape runner, and needle (to punch holes)
Binding machine and binding comb (recommended—but optional)
Please note* Make sure your printer is set to 'Legal', or the sizing of the activity will be incorrect!
Anyway! On to the description!
I developed this particular activity as I had several students who could ably demonstrate the ability to match colours and shapes when I asked them to do a direct (on top - item over item) match or when I asked them to complete a side-by-side match, however - although each was capable of drawing horizontal and diagonal lines, they all lacked the ability to draw lines to match similar objects.
I was at a loss for a solution. Then I came up with this activity...
Why does it work?
Well as the student physically matches the colour by taking the square and pulling it over to its match, a string of like colour magically appears across the page, creating both a seamless visual path as well as kinesthetic feedback, and the students begin to understand the relational connection between the items.
On the second page - the physical prompt is removed, however a strong visual cue for what is expected of them remains. As they trace the lines between 'like' objects, it reinforces what is being asked of them.
Finally, on the third page, all supports have been removed, and the student has the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the activity.
All three activities should be done in sequence until the student is able to demonstrate their ability to draw lines to match 'like' objects!