I’ve had the pleasure of observing what goes on in my daughter’s preschool classroom over the past few years. When we come in for drop-off in the morning there are always different stations set up around the room with activities to engage the children. One of the activities I saw repeatedly was color sorting, so I decided to practice the skill at home with my younger daughter who’s two and desperately wants to join her sister at preschool.
The first thing I did was go around the house collecting anything small and colorful that we could use to sort. I found little pom poms, miniature Thomas the Tank Engine trains, beads, and buttons. I put all the items together on a shallow tray and grabbed some silicone muffin cups from my kitchen.
I helped her get started by designating each cup with a color, then she did the rest. When she was finished sorting she dumped them straight back into the tray and did it over again. At preschool they take it a step further and use miniature tongs to pick up the items, developing their fine motor skills. We’ll have to try this next time for an extra challenge.
Another variation I tried was getting out our large, messy box of crayons and some old baby food jars. I had my daughter sort the crayons according to color. We kept one of the larger containers to collect excess crayon wrappings and little stubs that were no longer of any use. She loved it!
It’s not always easy keeping toddlers entertained at home, but having some simple kids activities like this one on hand helps teach them valuable skills and also helps pass the time.