Teaching Toddlers: Color Sorting

Teaching toddlers can be fun if you want it to. Prepare your mind that you will also be a “child” at heart as you play with them with the thinking that you want them to also learn as they play. Be excited like a child as a child would at every little accomplishment like getting it right or building something new. Don’t be so pressured that you have to do specific things just to teach your child because every kid is different. Observe them as they play, what catches their attention? What toys do they like playing with as of the moment? Use those toys, use whatever thing they usually hold to instill what you want them to learn.

My mom gave these colored pens that consist of detachable heads with different emotions to my 2 yr old, Jacob. These kept him busy for quite some time. 🙂

I have some empty surprise eggs in the house. I thought of using them as containers so my son could put the heads in the same colored containers.

You can use any items in the house for this activity. You don’t need expensive toys or items to teach kids about sorting and identifying colors. Look around and begin to identify the colors. Say them aloud. They’ll remember.

Teaching Toddlers about sorting colors

Examples of items you can use for sorting colors when teaching toddlers:

  • Shirts/ clothes. Just yesterday as I was folding the clothes, the kids saw the pile of clothes and happily dived and imagined the clothes as their beds. So I told them to sort the clothes. I was just really trying to get their minds off playing with the clothes. It worked. They sorted the clothes according to who owns them. So another way is by sorting the clothes according to color. (Advanced: type of clothes like: all the dresses, pants, shirts, etc.)
  • ballpens. If you have many pens in the house, you can use this activity to teach them to sort the colors.
  • bags. A fashionista mom, eh? Well, make those bags useful for learning. =) Perfect time to take out those bags to use with new clothes you’ve got.
  • toys. You can scatter their toys and let them put all the blues here, the reds there, the yellows over there…
  • vegetables. If you are preparing food, let them combine vegetables that are of the same colors.
  • books.
  • candies
  • gummy bears
  • M&M’s. One of my favorite tools for teaching kids about colors. =)

Teaching Toddlers about sorting colorsHave you tried sorting activities with your kids? What items did you use? Or another strategy, perhaps? Share your ideas.

Teaching toddlers can stretch our creativity as parents, but don’t worry, you’ll enjoy the process and if you try to get the act together, it would be fun being like a child again.

Updated. I’m adding these ideas from other moms who replied and shared their tips.
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20 thoughts on “Teaching Toddlers: Color Sorting

    1. For 6 months, you can use colored sheets of paper. Every day, show and name the colors. Do it every day, then after some time, ask him which one is ‘red’, ‘blue’, etc. Don’t be surprised if he points it out or gets the colors correctly. =)

  1. My son is into colour sorting too! He often uses blocks, Legos, clay, etcetera. Sometimes common household items too look like clothespins and even food!

  2. Color sorting was one of the easiest things I taught my son. Identifying colors is one of the first few things he learned. We used all sorts of items too like blocks and Legos but since he loves trucks and other vehicles and has a huge collection of those, we also used them. 🙂

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