These are three color sorting activities that are great for older toddlers. Made with some easy to make colored cups!
Making useful items from things that would normally go into the recycle bin makes me happy. Our sponsor, International Delight makes it super easy to reuse their creamer bottles.
The bottles are sturdy and easily cut.
International Delight bottles make great decorations (check out this pretty vase), they can be made into toys (we loved playing with our catch the ball toy), and they even make pretty awesome scooping tools.
I wanted to prepare a sorting activity and the International Delight bottles were the perfect size.
Using a box cutter I started a slit at the bottom of each bottle. Scissors easily finished the job. The second rung up from the bottom was a wonderful cutting guide.
We used tempera paint to color the inside of each cup with a different primary color.
This was a mistake.
Unfortunately the paint and plastic did not work well together. The paint did stay on long enough for us to get through a few color sorting activities. But when I make something like this to use, I want it to be something we can use again and again.
Tip: Next time I will use solid colored masking tape similar to how these telescopes were decorated.
Our little painting mishap did not stop the fun though! We were still able to get in a few fun color sorting activities.
3 Color Sorting Activities Using Cups
- Simple Sort. Collect a bunch of colored objects. We used red, yellow and blue (see, primary colors are a great fit for hands on : as we grow, right?). If you are practicing other colors, make different colored cups. Small spoons, craft sticks, pom poms, toy cars, feathers, crayons and small blocks are an example of great sorting objects.
- Find and Sort. Let the kids do the collecting. Walk through the house together and see what they find. Let them experiment with size. If they grab a stuffed animal that won’t fit in the cup, let it happen. It will give you a great opportunity to talk about size in a hands on way.
- Fix and Sort. Start with the objects all mixed up in the cups. Let your little one “fix” your mistake. Have fun and be silly. Acting like you are surprised at your mistake. This is a great activity for kids who have experience with colors and sorting.
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