Pre-school activities: colour sorting with Plus Plus

When I spotted Plus Plus via blog reviews,  I quite fancied I thought N might like to try some.  I bought some from The Toadstool as an additional birthday present with the idea that they’d be an alternative building material to Duplo.  Much better sized for taking on trips away, and more versatile for doing other activities given their size.

Plus plus colour matching

What’s Plus Plus?

Plus Plus are fabulous jigsaw shaped pieces, made from toxic free plastic, and they come in lots of different colours.  You can make flat or 3D shapes by slotting them together, and create either freeform sculptures or try following the picture guides.

They’re quite fiddly for little fingers, but great for improving fine motor skills, patience (N gets annoyed when he can’t do it easily) and creative, problem solving.  I like thinking and planning what we’re going to make as I think it takes some planning, but N’s quite happy to sit for a few minutes and try to put them together.  I think it’s going to take a while for him to get a bit more proficient at having a bit more patience and sitting down for longer to use the Plus Plus properly.

This was his attempt the other week at getting it out to play with.

getting out the plus plus

Instead, I decided that we’d use the Plus Plus for colour activities

Colour matching with Plus Plus

N’s pretty good on his colours (well, the basic ones anyway) and there’s a good range in every Plus Plus pack (they also now stock pastel colours, which are really pretty and would be perfect for Easter or summer patterns), enough to do some decent colour sorting.  We have the 250 pack, but there’re now different size packs available, as well as specific sets depending on how much creating you want to do.

We decided to sort our colours using several methods using the below

  • Egg box
  • Sharpies (or other felt pens)
  • Paint colour strips (there’s a never ending supply of these in DIY shops, and lots of different activities they can be used for)
  • Plus Plus

First we coloured in the egg boxes in the colours that the Plus Plus are.  These were to be our colour slots.

colouring egg boxes colouring in egg boxes with sharpies

We chopped up the relevant colour strips.  This was N’s favourite part as bring out a pair of scissors and he’s in his element.  Unfortunately he chopped willy nilly so I had to grab the remaining colour strips back before he demolished the lot!

paint colour strips

I asked N to match the coloured papers to the same colours slots in the egg box.

match colours

Then we sorted the Plus Plus while talking about the colours.  He does get pink and purple muddled up, but a lot of the time I don’t know whether he’s doing it on purpose or not!

colour matching plus plus

My nicely ordered Plus Plus colours didn’t stay neat for long before N decided to hack away at the egg boxes again, but it was a fun activity which could take as little or as long a time as you wanted.  Next time we get it out, I might try and draw out some designs for us to follow and make.

Plus Plus is definitely more versatile than for just building and creating figures and patterns.  You can buy Plus Plus from The Toadstool with prices ranging from £5 to £34.50.

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Disclosure: We’re Toadtesters, but I bought this set myself and chose to write about how we use our Plus Plus.

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21 thoughts on “Pre-school activities: colour sorting with Plus Plus

    1. Yep, N would have mostly done that in the past, but at the moment he’s all about matching colours. It must be a nursery thing and activities he’s been doing there.
      Thanks for commenting

    1. They’re still a little fiddly, but it’s another way of building and making creating solutions. Definitely went down well on the colour side of things. Next step, to do it in french!

  1. Those look like lots of fun and so great for color sorting. I hadn’t heard of these before but now I’m going to look into them, they would be a great addition to our homeschool. Thanks!

  2. These look great. I particluarly like the egg box colouring in … this is the part that Carson (5) would love – just so his plus plus had a place to live!

    I’ve come over as part of #triedtested and would love you to pop on over to carsonsmummy.blogspot.co.uk to say hi too!

    1. Can’t beat a bit of egg box colouring and crafting . I’m glad I’ve got a stash now that Tesco’s is looking to transfer all egg packaging to plastic…nnooooo).
      Thanks for popping by

    1. Really simple product, and I’m loving the colour sorting. It’s the first time N would really sit and do something like this with me – probably because there were lots of activities and items in one hit!

    1. Definitely for all ages, and very versatile. I must get them out again and build something myself. It’s like therapy…maybe I should take a pot into work for when it gets boring.

  3. We also did lot’s of colour sorting when we first had plus plus. Chloe likes to just puzzle them together unstructured: They are on her play table she will puzzle 10 square cm, do something else, add another 10 square cm and after a couple of days she has used them all. I miss playing with Plus Plus! I should have another go soon!

    1. It’s definitely fun (and addictive) to play with. I kept trying to think of different things to make, and then getting annoyed as i can’t quite make the shapes I want. I’m definitely a pattern follower, whereas n will be just shove any colour together.

  4. That’s a great use for it. We’re still at the Mummy makes thnigs out of it, and Monkey loves it for rubble. He plays with it every day, just not in the way it’s intended. Last week he’d made a barn out of 3 puzzles boxes and the Plus Plus was all inside – Mummy – that’s my grain store. Yes, he’d been watching Tractor Ted!

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