Teaching Toddlers: Color Sorting

My mom gave these colored pens that consist of detachable heads with different emotions to 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.

Examples of items you can use for sorting colors:

  • 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. =)

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

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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