You can do this as a colour by number, but I like to make it a bit more interesting. I print these 1/4 the size, to fit four on a page. Then I ask the students to pair up and choose one of the designs. In pairs they take turns rolling the dice. If they role a number that hasn’t been competed, they colour in that section (not all the numbers). Who ever finishes the colouring first wins. Before they start I like them to colour in the numbers in the key first, to make sure they are reading the colour words correctly.
To make my life a little easier, I have created this beautifully coloured rug. The idea is that students can find a ‘spot’ to sit that has enough space around it, and is not near other objects. When leaving the rug I usually let certain colours go at different stages. This helps with the commotion that usually happens when 26 students leave the same space at the same time.
In the morning I place a few of these activities on the board with a picture, word or sentence to explore. The exploration might be something we have already learnt or something that we will be learning later in the day. The students enter the class room, get all their morning jobs done, then layout the activities on the tables and floor and begin play.
I have two tubs, one for pencils and textas and the other for glue and scissors. They come in colour coded sets (took a little while to set up, but is great – I used electrical tape to add the colour). I have pencil monitors who check they sorted correctly each day, and they put them/remove them from the tables when we need/don’t need them.