Are you teaching your preschooler how to sort? I like to work on this important early math skill using colors. Sorting by color is great for little learners who are just beginning to sort and provides a way from them to practice this skill with something they already have a basic understanding of.
In this post I’m excited to share with you TEN Sort by Color Activities! You can choose to sort between just two colors or add in even more if your child is ready.
Check them out and let me know which color sort activity is your favorite!
1. Dot Sticker Color Sort Lines
- Art Roll Paper
- Dot Stickers
Tape up a large sheet of art roll paper or lay it flat on the floor. Write a color word name then draw a dotted line next to the word (straight, zig-zag, curvy). Give your child dot stickers and have them sort by color and form each colored line moving from left to right.
*Tip: Peel off the backing of sticker pages to make it easier for little fingers to peel off individual stickers.
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2. Cereal Sort
Ready for a fun sort by color SNACKTIVITY?
Draw various colored circles on a sheet of paper. Set out a bowl of Froot Loops and have your child sort by color.
Extend: Count up how many of each color they sorted and share which color they have the most and least of.
Related Resource: Color Sorting Picture Cards
3. Around the House Color Hunt
- Construction Paper (Crayola Paper)
Lay out various sheets of colored construction paper. Have your child go around your house and collect a basket of things in various colors. Invite them to pick an item from their basket and sort it to the correct color sheet of paper.
4. Fine Motor Bead Sort
I LOVE this activity because not only are we working on sorting by color but we also are getting in tons of fine motor work!
Set out a bowl of colored pony beads and various colored pipe cleaners. Ask your child to pick a bead then thread it onto the correct pipe cleaner by color.
5. FREE Color Activities
Download this FREE pack of color themed centers then pick and choose activities that your preschooler will love!
6. Tape Sort & Line Up
Does your child love to line things up? In this sort by color activity your child will have a chance to do just that!
Grab your colored tape rolls and lay down strips of each color. Set out a bowl of counting bears (or other colored objects) and ask your child to pick a bear and line it up on the correct color tape line.
7. Pompom Tin Color Sort
Grab your favorite 6 or 12 hole muffin tin and cut out a colored circle piece of paper to fit in each hole. Set out a bin of colored pompoms and have your child pick a pom and sort by color. For added fine motor work ask your child to use tongs or tweezers to pick and transfer the pompoms.
8. Color Sort Craft
Sketch a simple caterpillar on a sheet of paper. Draw each circle a different color. Grab matching colored sheets of paper and make small snips. Invite your child to glue and collage the snips of paper to their caterpillar by color. Enjoy your rainbow caterpillar craft!
I don’t know about you, but I am so excited about all of these color sorting ideas! I always think it is awesome to have a list full of activities all around one skill or concept. Why? Because kids need repeated practice and exposure.
Let me know what sort by color activity you’ll try and SAVE this post to Pinterest so you always have it on hand.