Sorting Colors For 2-3 Years Old Kids

Early Math Concepts

You can observe how children start using math skills in their daily routines and activities even before someone teaches them how. These skills are important for being ready to school and other everyday interactions.

Early childhood education should be introducing simple mathematical concepts and can start at home if you want. We will be working on informal activities that can give children a head start to learn math at home. In this case, sorting colors for kids from 2 to 3 years old.

Why Sorting?

Sorting is an early math skill. By sorting, children understand that objects of their environment are alike and different as well as that they can be organized in groups by their characteristics, such as color, size, shape, texture and more. Practicing sorting at an early age is important for developing numerical concepts and grouping numbers and sets when they’re older.

As children begin to master their sorting skills, they’ll try more complex activities, beginning to classify objects by one characteristic and then by more than one.

Ideas for Sorting

  1. Button Sorting Cup


  • Cups with lids
  • Buttons of different colors
  • Utility Knife (just for cutting the lids not to play)

How to play:

Before you play, cut a small opening in every lid. Make sure the hole is big enough to slip a button in to. Now you can show your child how to slip the buttons into each cup.  Encourage the child to match the color of the buttons to the matching color cup.  They can also practice counting as they slip each button into a cup. *While they are working on their fine motor skills.


  1. Pin The Tail On The Bunny


  • Bunnies of different colors
  • Pom poms of the same colors
  • Velcro

How to play:

Print bunny printables and laminate them (not necessary), once they are ready past piece of Velcro to the bottom of each bunny. Also, paste Velcro on one side of the pom poms and you’re done!

You can paste with masking tape the bunnies to the wall and have the pom poms on the table. Then, ask the child to match each pomp om with the same color of bunny.


  1. Fine Motor Rainbow


  • Floral foam
  • Pipe cleaners of different colors
  • Beads of different colors

How to play:

It’s really easy, all you need is to put on a box a floral foam and on top in a row the pipe cleaners of different colors. Then, the child should insert the beads in the pipe cleaners according to their color. This is a great activity to work both math and fine motor skills.


  1. Sorting with Recyclable Materials


  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint
  • Plastic Bowls
  • Pom poms
  • Masking Tape

How to play:

For this activity, you can recycle some toilet paper rolls from your own home. You need to paint each roll of a different color, if you want to involve the child ask he/she to help you painting them. Once they are dry, paste the rolls to a wall and below them paste the bowls. Finally, ask the child to insert the pom pom of the same color through the correct roll.


    5. Practice, practice, practice (by me)


  • Ice cream sticks
  • Paint
  • cups*


How to play:

At this point your kid will have mastered the subject, now it is a matter of practice. First you have to take the ice cream sticks wash them and once they’re dry paint them with the colors you want and finally cut the sticks into little pieces. Then let your child sort them by color, really easy and cheap activity to do at home.












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