Learning colors activities can be so fun! I have so many ideas for color sorting games, and other preschool colors activities I’m practically bursting. This week we used up some recyclables to practice color sorting at the same time! This Color Sorting Castle for Preschoolers is a great way to teach colors and work on fine-motor skills at the same time! And building the castle is sort of an art project in itself! You and your child are going to have lots of fun with this learning activity.

– Life Over C's castle color sorting craft for preschoolers

Recommended Grade Level:

Color Sorting Castle Supplies:

  • Shoebox/Box
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Construction Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Washi Tape
  • Pom poms
  • Xacto Knife

Learning Colors Games in Preschool

COLOR ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL

LEARNING THE NAMES OF COLORS IS OFTEN ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS FOR MANY YOUNG LEARNERS. KIDS BEGIN TO LEARN AND TALK ABOUT COLORS EARLY IN LIFE WITH COLOR LEARNING TOYS AND GAMES.

I love this toddler castle idea because it allows kids to explore however they would like to. While exploring the sorting color game, they will begin to use their eyes to match objects with the same colors.

Grasping the pom poms also helps kids develop fine motor skills.

The other thing I love about the castle is the chance to introduce or practice directional words, like in/out/over/under/through!

This color sorting castle for preschoolers is great for practicing fine-motor skills and color recognition.

If you interact with your child while they explore (not required), feel free to spur thought and conversation:

  • Do you have any red/yellow/blue toys?
  • What else can you think of that is red/yellow/blue?
  • Can you think of a food that is red/yellow/blue?
  • What is your favorite color? Why?
– Life Over C's This color sorting castle for preschoolers is great for fine-motor skills and matching colors!

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Playing Color Learning Activities?

SORTING AND COLOR MATCHING GAMES

COLOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ARE GREAT WAYS TO LEARN AND PRACTICE COLORS. TIE COLORS INTO REAL LIFE BY LETTING KIDS SELECT THE COLOR OF CLOTHES TO WEAR OR TOY TO PLAY WITH.

Educational games for kids are great opportunities to introduce new vocabulary and practice oral language. This sorting activity lends itself to words like:

  • Color names
  • Textures (soft/fuzzy)
  • In/On/Inside/Outside/Through
  • Castle
– Life Over C's This color sorting castle for preschoolers is great for fine-motor skills and matching colors!

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Colors?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about colors with puzzles and games helps them understand the world a little bit better.

Background Knowledge: Color vocabulary is important! Most toddlers start by learning one color and then refer to everything as that color! It takes time and experience to learn that each color has its own name.

Describe: Think of how many times we use color to describe something. When there are two of the same object, but different colors, it makes a world of difference!

Compare/Contrast: Learning color characteristics helps kids sort, compare and contrast with ease. Those are important skills for both reading and math instruction moving forward.

How to Make the Color Sorting Castle Activity

To Assemble the Castle:

Gather the materials listed at the top of the post.

Start by cutting four holes in the top of the box. Size doesn’t really matter.

Line the outsides of the holes with the tape, one color for each hole.

Cover the toilet paper rolls with the colored paper. I used hot glue because I didn’t have any tape, but you could use tape or school glue instead.

Attach the toilet paper rolls to the corners of the box using the hot glue.

We created a drawbridge on the front just for fun.

If you cannot find a box that will open on the bottom, you can turn the castle over and shake out the items after you are done playing with it instead.

– Life Over C's This color sorting castle for preschoolers is great for fine-motor skills and matching colors!

To Play:

Give your child a bunch of pom poms and show them how to place them in the matching holes.

Leave the activity open-ended and allow for exploration. If your child is more into dropping pom poms into colored cells any and everywhere, that’s okay!

– Life Over C's This color sorting castle for preschoolers is great for fine-motor skills and matching colors!

Extend the Activity

Color Mixing

Learning colors is a great time to experiment with color mixing, too. Use primary paint colors (red/blue/yellow) to mix together to produce the secondary colors (green/orange/purple).

Have a Snack

Pick a color of the day and make a themed snack. Red could include strawberries, red O cereal, red gelatin, or red apples and fruit snacks.

Hands-On Activities

Playing with colors in water, sorting, puzzles, custom sorts and other games are great ways to vary the way we interact with colors to keep learning fun for kids.

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– Life Over C's castle color sorting craft for preschoolers

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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12 Comments

  1. What a fun project! I think we have all the materials except for the Washi tape. I suppose we could use colored markers as a substitute. We will have to try this out.

  2. So fun and clever. I need to keep this in mind for our storytime sessions. Our theme is color and movement.