Learn math outdoors with this color sorting activity for toddlers!
This outdoor math activity will allow your toddler to color sort, get fresh air, and move! A winning combination for all!
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When should children learn to color sort?
For starters, my two-year-old wasn’t ready to retain that information just yet. Remember, with toddlers and preschoolers, and our job is to expose them to different skills with sticky activities.
Toddler and preschool activities are to be exciting learning opportunities. We do not have a checklist. It does not matter if Jenny down the road can already tie her shoes or if three-year-old Billy can count to 40.
What matters is that we provide fun, hands-on learning games to expose our children to big ideas such as color sorting.
You will love that this color sorting outdoor activity combines fine and gross motor skills to get up and to move.
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Materials to play this outdoor math game:
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The box below is what I upcycled for this game.
Take a crayon and color in each section.
Let’s get toddlers outdoors to color sort!
Explain to your preschooler that on one side of the yard (or room), they will find the assorted pom poms. On the other side of the yard, they will find the box to sort the pom poms.
Allow your preschooler to play with the tongs before you begin, so they understand how to use them.
Use tongs for fine motor development, which will help with handwriting and scissor skills.
The running back and forth is being used for gross motor development, which is helping strengthen the large muscles of their body. The movement also stimulates brain development!
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Color Sorting Challenge Option #1:
If the pom pom falls, send them back to try again! – Have fun with this. If your preschooler is having trouble with fine motor muscles, I won’t push it. I will only encourage this if it is playful for both of you.
Color Sorting Challenge Option #2
Add a timer!
Some children love to a timer. Tell your toddler/preschooler that you are setting the timer for two minutes. Have them predict how many they think they can sort before the timer rings!
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This outdoor math game is so much fun!
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