B picked up on his colors very quickly, so it is fun to do activities with him that involve naming and sorting colors. However, I have to remind myself that it is okay if he wants to simply play versus sorting them perfectly. The idea is to encourage color recognition along with sorting those colors into the appropriate containers.
What you need:
- Empty Clear Containers (I used Mason jars, but I sat with my son the whole time and he does well with glass containers when supervised. You can use plastic containers just as easily)
- Markers or Paint or Crayons
- 5-10 same color objects in as many colors as you choose (We had 6 different colors, but for a child just learning their colors, you may consider beginning with 2 colors)
Sorry to state the obvious, but DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN UNATTENDED during this activity. You know your child, so use common sense and do not give him/her small objects that he/she can not play with appropriately (i.e. put in mouth, throw, etc.). I am fortunate that my 2 year old rarely puts objects in his mouth, but I realize some children are not safe with small objects until 3+. You know what your child can and can not do, so don't complete this activity unless you know he/she is able to do so safely and under supervision.
I used Do-A-Dot Paint to color the labels and wrote the name of each color with a Sharpie before placing each label in the center of the container.
We used our Mini Dino's for this activity. However, you can use pom pom's or any objects you can gather from around the house that are the same color. Our Mini Dino Bucket came with 108 dinosaurs in 6 different colors and are great for various counting, sorting, and matching games. They also have MiniMotors Counter and Counting Cubes
At 2 years old (which is the age of my son), I think it is unreasonable to expect your child to sort correctly for more than 5 minutes. When he/she begins to toss any and every color into any/every jar....GO WITH THE FLOW. Allow them to play for a while, but make a game out of it.
When B would put a red dino in the green jar, I would say something like, "You are so silly. I guess you can't find the red jar," and then I would pick it up and hide it behind my back.
If your child does not know their colors yet, help them by repeating the color over and over again while holding the dino. Then, point to the correct container before putting it in.
I also like to challenge B to fill up the container with all of the correct color dino's as fast as he can. Then, when they've had enough sorting and identifying, let them have fun with their FREE PLAY.
Links to Toddler (18-24 Month) Activiites
- Toddler Activity #1: Flip Top Lid Fun
- Toddler Activity #2: Make Your Own Character Match Up Blocks
- Toddler Activity #3: Play Time in the SINK
- Toddler Activity #4: Make Your Own Bathtub Paint (a Pinterest Idea)
- Toddler Activity #5: Counting with Bowls
- Toddler Activity #6: Paper Towel Roll Downhill Slide