Color Sorting Activity for Christmas

Easy is good. I mean really good. Especially during the holidays. Who wants to spend hours prepping for some activity that a child is going to spend 2 minutes (or less) doing, when you can spend 30 seconds making an activity that they will play with over and over again. (While ignoring the activity that you spent hours preparing…) This Christmas color sorting activity is that 30 second activity. The one that the kids will love just because it’s simple. And shiny. Shiny, definitely helps.

What toddler or preschooler can resist these shiny Christmas balls? This Christmas color sorting activity is super easy to set up, but so fun for the kids!

Materials needed for the Christmas Color Sorting Activity:

Christmas vase filler in three colors

Miniature Display Hanging Box

What toddler or preschooler can resist these shiny Christmas balls? This Christmas color sorting activity is super easy to set up, but so fun for the kids!

I really tried to find you an example of the box on Amazon, but I couldn’t find it. I bought mine at Michael’s on clearance, but really anything with three compartments will work just fine. You can even use three bowls.

Please do be cautious letting small children use the balls. They are small enough to fit in a mouth. If your child has a habit of putting things in her mouth, please wait to try this activity or sit with her for the duration of her exploration.

What toddler or preschooler can resist these shiny Christmas balls? This Christmas color sorting activity is super easy to set up, but so fun for the kids!

To an adult, sorting three colors seems like an easy task. So easy that I really debated on sharing this activity with you. However, sometimes as adults we need reminders that simple tasks really are important for toddlers and preschoolers.

Sorting colors is the beginning stage of categorizing items which is a really important skill to learn. It builds the foundation for many skills later in life.

This activity can also be used to build language skills. You can introduce color words, adjectives to describe texture (smooth, bumpy, scaly, etc.), size words and practice counting.


Be sure not to overwhelm your child by giving them too many balls. Start with about 15-20. If that seems too easy, you can increase a little bit at a time. You can increase the difficulty of the activity by using spoons or tongs to pick up the balls. However, using just the fingers is great for developing the pincer grasp which is eventually used for writing. Most importantly, make the learning time enjoyable! Talk to your child about her task. Ask her questions and listen for her answers! What toddler or preschooler can resist these shiny Christmas balls? This Christmas color sorting activity is super easy to set up, but so fun for the kids! For more color activities check out this super fun Color Mega pack! So many great math and literacy activities for kids!

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