My son loves sorting anything he can get his hands on. As a result, we have sorted tangrams, paperclips, even dinosaurs! Our latest sorting adventure is courtesy of the dollar store near my parent’s house. Sorting activities allow preschoolers to develop logic skills that help to learn concepts such as same and different and grouping by attribute. This color sorting center activity not only allows your preschooler to work on these concepts, but it also reinforces the names of colors while they identify them.
This activity pairs perfectly with our color emergent readers!
Items Needed for the Color Sorting Center
- colored blocks (If you can’t snag yours at the dollar store, you can find similar colored blocks here on Amazon).
- sorting cups or bowls – I love the sorting cups that come with counting bears!
- crayons or colored pencils
- color sorting printable (at the end of the post)
Sorting the Blocks
We kicked off this activity with all of the blocks and cups because we were ready to sort them all at once. You may want to start with only two colors if you are doing this activity with a child who is new to sorting and color identification.
Starting with a few, mastering them, and then adding some more can keep the game fun and new for awhile longer, too!
Since we were ready to dive in head first, we sorted them all rather quickly and it felt like a fun game to see which cup would have the most.
Once we started getting a bit tired of sorting, we dumped all the colored blocks into a larger basket and mixed them up for our final activity. This activity was equally simple.
Colorful Squares Recording Sheet
We simply pulled out a block randomly and then recorded them on our coloring sheet by using the corresponding crayon. This gave us more practice with color names and of course fine motor work with practicing our neatest coloring.
Coloring sometimes gets a bad reputation, but it’s such an important skill!
If you wanted to differentiate the activity, you can simply allow your child to:
- stack the blocks and build towers
- count the blocks (this allows you to work on one to one correspondence)
- introduce simple patterns (think simple ABAB patterns and then get more complex as the desire continues)
Grab Your Copy
Ready to play? Grab your copy of the colorful squares color sorting activity printable by clicking the yellow box below!