Is your toddler really good at color sorting? Perhaps they’re also learning to count? Not only is this easy to set up, but it offers a range of learning activities.
After noticing our 2yr. old (28 months) finish color sorting activities within minutes, I realized she needed an added challenge.
She’s currently learning to count from 1 to 20, so I came up with this 3 in 1 activity to add the counting factor.
Since she’s new to number recognition, this is a great way to introduce numbers 1-5 without overwhelming her. It was wonderful to see her think through each portion of this activity. I pointed to each number as she verbalized it. Then she added the matching color and number of pom poms.
Try adding a second or third learning component to a color sorting activity and watch your toddler completely engage!
What You Need:
- Assorted Color Cups
- Pom Poms
- Numbers (You can draw the number in the matching color onto a piece of paper, use assorted color flashcard numbers, use foam numbers from the bath toys or foam floor tiles, or this felt numbers banner I found at Target.)
Step 1. Line up consecutive numbers, with each number in a different color. (For example, Orange #1, Yellow #2, Green #3, Blue #4, Red #5)
Step 2. Place matching colored cup above or below the number.
Step 3. Count out the number of pom poms you need in each color. Mix the pom poms together so your toddler will need to sort them during the activity.
Step 4. Explain the activity to your toddler by showing them what to do.
Step 5. It’s time for your toddler to begin the activity! Remember to point to the number and repeat the number out loud as you go.
Miss 2 really enjoyed thinking through each task. Throughout the activity, she repeated the numbers and colors out loud and celebrated as she accomplished each set of pom poms. This is a definite must try!
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