Math activities for toddlers can be a blast!
What if I also told you ideas don’t require a lot of supplies or prep work?
Here, we like to keep kids learning through play with intentional, yet simple, guided learning prompts.
This color sorting activity is a great way to get your toddler thinking about math.
FULL CREDIT for this idea goes to my friend, Kristina, at Toddler Approved.
Teaching your toddler math can begin with color sorting.
Color sorting teaches children:
- Identifying different paint colors when using art
Exploring characteristics of an object – such as color, texture, size
Recognize similar shades or hints of the same color
Encourages language and vocabulary
Helps prompt comparisons to objects of the same color
Phew! That is a lot more than you initially thought.
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Begin teaching your child colors by making conversation as you read, and pointing out different objects at home.
You can do this at any age!
Mastery will come when your toddler is ready and feels confident in the colors around him. For now, use conversation such as this in everyday interactions.
Look how blue these blueberries are!
Would you like to use the green napkin or the purple one?
I just love your red shoes!
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Let’s make these color sorting bear caves!
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Tape down your white paper.
Use painter’s tape to secure the sides.
Draw a few color caves.
*note: We do not have orange bears, but I wanted to see what my boys would do. I tried to observe their problem-solving. My Kindergartener surprised me by suggesting he add a red and a yellow bear because together they make orange!
Place the bears to the left of the workspace.
Why work left to right? We read and write from left to right, and this will begin to help your children track their eyes in preparation.
I then invited my toddler and preschooler to their Breakfast Invitation.
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This easy math activity for toddlers went from color sorting to imaginary play!
I just love intentionally setting up activities for my boys and seeing how they evolve.
These 40+ Activities for Two-Year-Olds is a great place to head next!