Colour sorting sensory box

During the holiday I decided to do a fun colour sorting sensory box for the kids.  At 5, Oli is obviously a pro and could sort the colours and name the objects, but as for Soph, not so much. She can easily group the colours together,  as well as recognising what the objects are, but she’s still learning to tell what colours are what. Here’s a fun and colourful way to help your kids learn their colours!

Me (pointing to a pink heart): “Soph, what colour is this?”

Soph (standard answer):  “I don’t know that!”

What you’ll need to make a colour recognition sensory box:

Big container to use as the ‘box’

Coloured water beads

Colour labels – I printed out colour names and images: black, grey, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink and brown as our colour sorting categories and correlating images eg. a brown bear or a pink heart. I laminated these and cut them out to place onto the various paper plates for sorting.

Coloured objects – I used our existing toys and educational ‘objects’ to add into the box (to match the colour categories I’d chosen) – there was everything from marbles, to Duplo blocks, animals, plastic fruit and vegetables to our Halloween creepy-crawlies from our Halloween sensory box.

Tongs to take out the objects

Paper plates to sort the coloured objects

How it works:

Sensory Box

Mix all the toys and objects into the box amongst the coloured water beads.  Set out the labelled paper plates on a table close to the box so it’s easy to sort. I got my children to take turns identifying the colours and objects so they could learn from each other as they sorted.Colours 2Sorting 1Sorting 2Sorting 3

Older children can name the colour they pick up as they sort, as well as the object – for example “a brown bear”, whereas younger children could identify “bear” or “brown”.

Sorting 4

Using tongs is brilliant for muscle strengthening and fine motor development – such an important action to encourage!  The kids had loads of fun identifying and sorting through this box, Soph of course is like a moth drawn to a flame with the water beads and I find them strewn throughout the house for days afterwards – the good news is they’re great for pot plants and the garden – they gradually release water, perfect for growing plants!

Colour 1

I think little Buggy will need a couple more activities like this to improve her colour recognition, but it’s a good start – numbers are up next! Happy sorting!



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