This fall activity for toddlers and preschoolers will strengthen arm strength and improve hand-eye coordination. Grab your apples! It is time to get color sorting with apple scoop and sort.
Why play this fall preschool activity?
Toddlers love apple scoop and sort!
As my toddler begins to sort and classify by color, I need to remember he does not need to start by organizing the entire rainbow. He can begin with two colors and first explore apple scoop and sort.
Color sorting is practiced by eliminating the number of colors and making the quality of the activity meaningful. Math activities for toddlers should be kept simple and hands-on for ultimate engagement.
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Simple play activities build knowledge.
We know that children learn through repetition. The NAEYC even encourages parents to play more with their toddlers and preschoolers. Read how to support Children’s Approaches to Learning here.
When we work alongside our children, our conversations may sound a little more like this:
- Remember that time we sorted the apples?
- That’s right! Some of the apples were red, and the others were green!
- Next time we go to the store, let’s see if we can find apples in another color.
- Do you think we will find any?
Remember, what may sound ultra-simple for us adults, is pretty complicated for your toddler.
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How toddlers are learning
He knows that his brothers love apples.
He watched his older brother sort and glue apples here.
My two-year-old is now thinking about the differentiation between the red apple and the green apple.
Before this, he saw the apples but may not have made the connection that they were two different colors.
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This fall activity also strengthens gross motor muscles
See how the apples are in a giant bowl of water?
This setup is because I also want to strengthen my two-year-old’s arms as he uses the spoon to scoop up the apples. Like most of our toddler activities, this fun idea invites my child to take the lead.
This preschool activity helps children:
- Hand-eye coordination – As children scoop each apple, they must hold a steady hand and align their large spoon with the apple.
- Sorting – As children move apples outside the bin, they color sort as they work. Sorting is a math skill that sets the foundation for future learning.
- Strengthen – Children use arm muscles to scoop the apple out of the water. This practice will help a child with large muscle skills such as climbing, catching, lifting, and throwing,
Keeping my toddler’s toys and activities at home simple is key to his exploration and making learning through play possible. We added this color scooping game to our even longer list of color sorting activities!
Set up this apple color sorting activity
I have one boy that loves green apples, and the other loves red. So stocking up was already on our grocery list.
And get this. – For once, I was even ahead of the game. Adding apples to water helped wash them for future snacks. – #itsthelittlethings
I filled my large white bowl with water and placed the red and green apples inside.
I also used our LEGO baseplates as color sorting mats. You can also use construction paper or felt squares!
- red apples
- green apples
- large bowl
- green and red construction paper
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More fall activities for preschoolers
Pick the time of the day that feels like it is not working. In our home, this was mornings. I wanted to begin the day with play and found easy ideas like this set the tone for the day. Another great time for toddler activities is after a nap.
I like to think more about stages over a child’s age. Can you child old a large spoon? If yes, this is a great activity to try. Keep in mind your child will scoop more apples the more they play. Celebrate the number of apples your child color sorts, and they will most likely be back for more. Remember to supervise your child and keep the water level low.
It sure is! Sensory activities stimulate the brain and learning through play. Here, our child is touching the water and improving hand-eye coordination. This fall activity makes a great water bin.