Color Sorting Activity

This color sorting activity uses materials most people have on hand to encourage color recognition, language skills, and cognitive skills. We did this activity with our almost 20 month daughter, but she needed a lot of assistance, so we recommend this one for little ones between the ages of two and five.

Materials Needed

  • Magazine clippings of items that represent colors
  • A piece of white printer paper
  • A colored pencil
  • Glue


This activity has a little more prep work than most of the things we post, but it is a great way to help your little ones with color. After I gathered several magazine clippings representing each color we wanted to work on, I wrote the colors on the top of the white paper and drew lines to separate it.


Once the prep work was done, I sat down the little one and we started going over the colors. I held each item up and said the color name. She was only able to repeat “red” but did work hard to mimic the sounds of the other colors as well. I helped her find where each color should go. The closer your child is to reading, the less help they will need.





To expand the activity, you can go over the colors again after its done. If you have access to a laminator, you can laminate it and save it for later. When Mr. Not So Crafty got home from work, we sat down as a family and used the laminated version to go over colors again.

4 responses to “Color Sorting Activity”

  1. Cute idea! Definitely a nice way to practice reading, colors, etc.


  2. Great idea! When little man is bigger we will have to do this!

  3. A very fun way to go through and practice colors! I used to love doing magazine cut outs for stuff when I was a kid. I bet my son would enjoy this!

  4. […] have been working on color recognition with our toddler recently. Earlier this week, I did a Color Sorting Activity with magazine clippings and the activity we did today also requires very few materials. All you […]

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