Color Sorting Activity

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My son loves sorting anything he can get his hands on. As a result, we have sorted tangrams, paperclips, even dinosaurs! Sorting activities allow preschoolers to develop logic skills that help to learn concepts such as same and different and grouping by attribute. This free Color Sorting Activity not only allows your preschooler to work on these concepts, but it also reinforces the names of colors while they identify them!

*For even more practice with color recognition, pair this activity with our Color Emergent Readers!

This free Color Sorting Activity is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners who are working on identifying colors and sorting!

Color Sorting Activity

My favorite part of this activity is how versatile it is. I used counting bears and Unifix cubes but this color sorting center works great with any multicolor manipulatives that you have on hand!

Items Needed:

  • Multicolor manipulatives
  • Sorting bowls or cups
  • 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 counting bears and bowls 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 colors, mastering them, and then adding some more can keep the game fun and new for awhile longer, too!

We started this activity by sorting all of our counting bears by color into bowls.

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 bowl would have the most.

Once we started getting a bit tired of sorting, we dumped all the colored bears into a larger basket and mixed them up for our final activity. This activity was equally simple!

Color Sorting Recording Sheet

For the second part of the activity, we pulled out a bear (or cube) randomly and then recorded them on our Squares of Color printable by using the corresponding crayon.

Next, we pulled out a bear randomly and then recorded the color on our Squares of Color printable.

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!

Coloring neatly strengthens important fine motor skills.

If you wanted to differentiate the activity, you can encourage your child to:

  • stack the cubes and build towers
  • count the cubes or bears (this allows them to work on one-to-one correspondence)
  • introduce simple patterns (think simple ABAB patterns and then get more complex as the activity continues)

Grab Your FREE Copy

Ready to start sorting? Grab your free copy of the Color Sorting Activity printable by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!

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