Paint balloon using color schemes. Tie in with weaving or coiling for th basket. Paper mache a balloon, pop the balloon, add string and a basket for spring class crafts. Could go great as a bulletin board theme (Kid's Soaring to New Heights in Reading.
How to keep a child busy for hours in the summer: DIY: Giant Ice Cube Awesomeness - filled with plastic animals, dinos, and such. And I'm sure you could put in food dye before its frozen to color it like the ice block in the photo.
Strengthen little hands and arms by using a potato smasher! This is just 1 of the 25 occupational therapist-approved fine motor activities you can do with your child, using items from around your house! Could do with peanut butter cookies with adults
Button Sorting Cups (and link to other color sorting games) - What a brilliant idea for your toddler/preschooler! Adding this to our collection of activities to promote fine-motor skills and color recognition!