Busy bags for toddlers and preschoolers are wonderful ways to teach young kids to be a bit independent. I created this busy bag idea to keep my preschooler occupied while also learning colors! This Free Printable Matching Colors Busy Bag is perfect for when you need a few minutes of peace without an hour of prep work! Just print the color matching games, cut and laminate, and your toddler or preschooler will be happily entertained for, I hope, awhile! Use it in the waiting room, on a road trip, at home, really anywhere you want a little down time.

colors busy bag for preschoolers and toddlers

Recommended Grade Level:

Colors Printable Busy Bag Supplies

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter
  • Construction Paper or Cardstock (red/yellow/blue)
  • Gallon Storage Bag

Learning to Recognize Colors Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

COLOR MATCHING ACTIVITY TO KEEP KIDS BUSY

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.

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

Grasping the cards also helps kids develop fine motor skills.

Included in the busy bag for preschoolers printable activity, you’ll find everyday objects, foods, and characters in three primary colors: red/yellow/blue.

The preschool busy bag is hands-on learning at its finest! Your child will be more engaged with these matching cards than any color recognition worksheet for preschoolers.

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?
red, yellow and blue color sorting busy bag for tots

What Can Toddlers and Preschoolers Learn While Playing with the Color Sorting Busy Bag?

TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL COLOR ACTIVITIES

LEARNING TO NAME AND IDENTIFY COLORS AROUND YOU IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS LEARNING OTHER IMPORTANT CONCEPTS, LIKE SHAPES, LETTERS, AND NUMBERS.

This color word activity will be so fun and have your child shouting out colors everywhere! Here are some of the fun pictures I included in the preschool color matching game:

  • Barn/balloon/cherries
  • Blueberries/jelly bean/flip flop
  • Star/cheese/sun
color matching busy bag activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Colors?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about colors 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.

Describing Objects: 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!

Connect with Nature: Identifying colors in pictures and then transferring the knowledge to things that are in the real world helps kids make important connections with the world, nature, and their lives.

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 Colors Busy Bag

To Prep:

Print, laminate, and cut out the pictures. Throw it all in the bag.

Ta-da! One easily assembled color matching busy bag.

To Use:

To use this activity all you need to do is set the construction paper squares on the floor or table.

Place the picture cards in a pile upside down.

One at a time have your child select a card and place it on the matching paper.

yellow sorting cards for yellow sorting busy bag

More Ways to Play!

Sensory Bin

Fill the sensory bin with black and white pom poms, then hide the color cards inside. Kids will have fun pulling them out and sorting by color.

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.

Oral Language

Picture cards are a great place to begin working on oral language. Instead of just placing the star on the yellow mat, encourage your child to say, “The star is yellow.”

colors busy bag for preschoolers and toddlers
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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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  1. I work in a Memory Care Unit and I know this is going to be a great activity for my residents. This is not only great for toddlers but for those with Dementia. Thanks for posting!!

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