Color Sorting Activity

My toddler is in love with her color sorting box I put together for her. So I figured I would present her with a color sorting activity for her to try or not. It proved to be a hit.

Color sorting is becoming a little more easy for my toddler and I am finding her sorting colors all the time, she makes little piles of them and then counts with my preschooler how many of the items they have in each color. I am really enjoying this introduction into the world of math for her.

I wanted to do something like this earlier but I didn’t have the materials I needed, or so I thought. For the balls, I used some old and old but new hairballs that I had. Yawl, I have big drawers full of hair goodies for my girls so this is like purging. You can easily find some acrylic balls or maybe some beads to use as manipulatives.


  • Colorful balls
  • Rainbow colored Ikea silicone bowls
  • Kids Ikea pot

Color sorting with hairballs setup

How we utilized our materials:

  • I set the activity up like a makeshift veggie tray. The balls in the balls in the center and the colored bowls surrounded the balls.


The object of the activity was for my toddler to sort each colored ball into the properly colored bowl. I like these balls because they are assorted in colors and there are lots of shades of the colors.

She has been having lots of fun with this color sorting activity. I have this setup in their weekly box on their table. This way the activity can be played with whenever they feel.

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Color sorting hairballs for toddlers



Color Learning on YouTube

Here is a YouTube Color Learning playlist that my toddler and preschooler enjoy about colors. There are quite a few in here now.


Books About Colors

These are some great books. Our favorites have been Cleo’s Colors byStella Blackstone, Color Dance by Ann Jonas. We have used each one of these books at one stage of my girls lives or another and even though we have a few board books listed we still use them for many activities.

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4 Responses to Color Sorting Activity

  1. Brittney says:

    This looks really cute. It would also be fun to do it with m&m’s or jelly beans that the kids could eat at the end of a successful sort. 🙂
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  2. My daughter always loved color sorting activities! The selection of books you share are great, we just read Elmers Colors and really enjoyed it!
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  3. My girls love those color learning crayons! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Tina says:

    Such a simple but effective color sorting activity! Thanks for sharing on Toddler Fun Friday

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