Rainbow Sorting with Beads

We love rainbows! The colors are so beautiful and they are so inspiring! I’m very excited that my preschooler is starting to learn her color words and I’ve been working hard to continue to foster her desire to learn by creating activities that develop the things she is interested in right now. This rainbow sorting activity is just perfect for that. It gave us lots of opportunities to talk about colors and work on sorting which she is also loving right now.

Explore the colors of the rainbow while practicing classification with this beautiful rainbow bead sorting activity.

Materials needed for rainbow sorting with beads:

Beads….lol! (I found little packages of individual colors of beads in the Wal-Mart craft section.)

Small tray (to contain the beads)

Small dessert cups (bonus if they are clear)

We didn’t have all the colors of the rainbow. Poor indigo is always getting left out….

We did the other six colors though because they are the first colors that our preschoolers learn.

Explore the colors of the rainbow while practicing classification with this beautiful rainbow bead sorting activity.

I started by putting all of the beads onto the tray and placing the dessert cups around the top of the tray.

I really liked this silver tray that we got from the dollar store because the reflections added to the beauty of all the different colors.

Then, as a demonstration, I put one bead of each color into the cups and said the name of the color as I dropped it in.

Explore the colors of the rainbow while practicing classification with this beautiful rainbow bead sorting activity.

Shiloh immediately joined in, so when she picked up a bead I told her the name of the color and directed her hand to the correct cup.

Explore the colors of the rainbow while practicing classification with this beautiful rainbow bead sorting activity.

Because she doesn’t know all of her colors yet, it was a challenge to use so many different colors at once. When we do this again, I think I will limit it to 2-3 colors until she understands more.

She really enjoyed picking up the beads and giving them to me to sort for her. This gave us the opportunity to focus on the names of the colors.

After she was bored of that, I started calling out colors to see if she could find me beads that matched that color. She got a few right, but was mostly interested in the fun sound that the beads made when they dropped into the cups. At that point our focused learning time was done…

Explore the colors of the rainbow while practicing classification with this beautiful rainbow bead sorting activity.

I would hope that it wouldn’t need to be said, but this activity is only intended for children who do not put things in their mouth. If your child still mouths things, please be wise and Pin this activity to do when he is older.

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