Looking for a super easy color sorting activity for your toddler? Then I think you’ll love this clothespin activity!
Let’s be real, moms are super busy. But we also know how important it is to activity teach our toddlers. And a great way to accomplish this is to incorporate learning into fun activities.
I know I’m always wondering in the back of my mind if I’m doing enough on the teaching front. Ya know? It’s a big task, and can be a bit nerve wracking at times.
It can feel even more overwhelming with toddlers, who are so full of energy and can’t sit still for very long. Good news though—they don’t have to! There are tons of activities for toddlers that teach important skills and information without having to sit at a table.
So today, I’m sharing with you a fun activity I recently did with my toddler to teach colors and color sorting. He had a blast, and I think your toddler will too!
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Easy Clothespin Color Sorting Activity
This clothespin activity was super easy to put together, and clean up. It took all of five minutes to make, and kept Elijah busy for a whole lot longer than that! And he kept coming back to it periodically throughout the day.
I also loved that it’s easily customized to go with tons of different themes. For this first time, we themed it after Fall to go along with our Autumn leaf sensory bottle.
However, you can easily change the theme to go with any season, holiday, or other theme you may be doing. It’s super simple, and can be done pretty independently once your toddler gets the hang of it.
For this simple activity, you’ll only need following four things:
I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of simple activities!
You’ll need regular sized clothespins for this activity. Smaller sizes may be too small for little fingers to grasp well. And larger sizes may have too much “spring” in them for toddlers to easily use.
Opening and closing the clothespins can be good for motor skills. However, you don’t want it to be so difficult that they get frustrated.
This is the part you can customize to whatever theme you want. I personally chose to use fall leaf stickers, since our activities that week were fall themed.
Foam stickers are perfect for this activity. They’re easy to stick (and unstick if a mistake is made), and provide a texture element to the activity.
Whichever stickers you use, be sure to have stickers in multiple colors for sorting.
Colored Construction Paper
You’ll also need construction paper in the same colors as the stickers you use. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be the exact same shade. But it does need to be the same color.
For this activity, Elijah and I used red, orange, yellow, and green paper with foam stickers in the same colors.
Finally, you’ll need tape. Painters tape is likely going to be your best bet, as it will prevent your wall from being damaged.
How To Do This Activity
Now that you have all your supplies, it’s time to put the activity together! I had Elijah help me with this, and it was a good opportunity to fit in some fine motor skill practice.
I had him peel the backs off the stickers, and stick them on the top of the clothespins. Have your toddler help you do the same—remember to be patient.
It’s easy to get frustrated if they don’t put the sticker on quite right. Remember, this is a learning experience for them!
Next, tape the sheets of construction paper to the wall at about eye level with your toddler. Mix up the clothespins, then have your toddler sort them by color. Have your toddler pin each clothespin to the paper of the same color.
That’s all there is to it! Easy peasy. We did three clothespins of each color, but you can do however many you’d like.
Give this color sorting activity a try!
Your turn—give this activity a try and let me know how it goes! Did you toddler enjoy it? How well did he know his colors?
If you’re interested in more fun activities, be sure to check out my toddler activity pack. It’s loaded with 50 fun, easy activities for toddlers that also teach crucial skills.