As homeschooling parents, we are always looking for great and creative Preschool activity ideas to use with our little ones. We want to maximize their learning while they are having a great time. Enjoying learning is important, especially at this young age. So, for our unit on colors, we will share with you this set of awesome color sorting activities for preschoolers. I think you and your preschoolers will enjoy them as much as we did.
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Color Sorting Activities for Preschoolers
For this set of activities, we used THIS boxed set. It is all-inclusive, so all you do is open and use. Let me show you how these tactile activities for Preschoolers work. First, I took the materials out and placed them neatly on a natural wooden tray, like we do all of our Montessori materials. We love this affordable set of trays that come with different sizes. Once it’s all set up, it will look like the picture below and we are ready to begin.
We will start with a couple of early literacy activities for Preschoolers. First, we will take the color for cards out and have the child place them neatly in two columns in front of them. One by one, the child will point at the color word and say the color name. This is easy to do because the color words are in the corresponding color that it is. The second early literacy activity we did was to go through the alphabet in order and see if any of the color words begin with the letter we just mentioned.
If so, we moved that color card to a new column. The point of this activity was to begin to pay attention to beginning letters. With black, brown and blue, since all three begin with the letter “b,” we put them together. I didn’t worry about teaching alphabetical order technicalities at this point (like which one would go first in alphabetical order by looking at second and third letters within the word, etc). This is an activity for an older age.
Color Sorting Activities
This next group of educational activities for preschool is awesome. We used the color mats and the object pictures. For this activity, the child chooses 4 our of the 10 color mats. Place them in front of them. Then, they take the pile of object cards and can either sort through them by hand or spread them on the table. At this point, the child finds object cards that match any of the color mats and places them in the squares.
There are 3 object cards that match each color mat. This was so fun because we would also practice the object names, their colors and what letter their name begin with. Once the child is done with all four color mats, they may choose to find the color word card and match it, too, although it isn’t necessary. My child chose to do that on her own.
Put the color cards to the side and the object cards to the side. Flip the color cards over to the other side. This is way more than a sensory activity for preschoolers. It is an awesome early literacy way to practice penmanship, dexterity, eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills that are quite important for this age. The child will now use the color cards to place on top of the color blob on the color card (below the paintbrush). Discuss the color name, the color word and the letter it begins with.
Next, the child will use dry erase crayons or dry erase markers to practice writing the color words on the lines on the color mats. They can use the matching color when they write, if they choose to. For example, use the green dry erase crayon to write the word green. Once all four color cards are done, the child will wipe them clean and put the color cards and mats to the side.
Now the child will choose four more cards to work on. Continue until all color mats have been used. If the child is very young, you may choose to do a few color mats per session. My 4-year old did manage to easily do all 10 mats without a problem. Just observe and determine how much is too much and continue at another time.
Aren’t these such fun learning activities for preschool? Color sorting is great, but adding so many more skills to practice is even better.
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Tanya is the owner and writer for the The Natural Homeschool and a homeschooling mom to two children, a son and daughter. She focuses on following their particular learning interests and in building a strong Christian foundation in their hearts.
To cater to their high giftedness, she uses eclectic teaching approach, which complement each other and maximize the fun in learning. Tanya has a degree in elementary education, a minor in French and a Master's degree in school administration. Her training in the Montessori Method is in the ages 3-6. She is happily married to her best friend and enjoys sharing her life and experiences in her blog to provie inspiration and bring new ideas.