My middle son is obsessed with all things space. He can name all of the dwarf planets and what the sun is made of. I personally love looking up at the star-speckled sky and remembering how huge our world is.

Space themes are very popular with our kiddos. This particular intergalactic game focuses on preschool sorting activities. The color sorting activity is perfect for preschool and kindergarten and includes different color sorting mats.

Outer space theme color sorting activities for preschool.

Why Is Sorting Important For Preschoolers?

sorting activities for preschoolers


  • Which color has the most?
  • Which color has the least?
  • How are these the same?
  • How are these different?
  • How is this activity like a memory game?

It is important for children to sort in order to find similarities and differences in the world around them.

Sorting can be practiced using toys, pictures, food items, animals, and so many other objects.

The Space Color Matching and Sorting mats include bright colors and different layouts for multiple uses.

Use the printable sorting activity for preschoolers in a math or science center. You can work with a small group of students or even individually.

How Does Sorting Help Preschoolers?

  • Categorizing
  • Developing numeracy skills
  • Developing literacy skills
  • Identifying colors and shapes
Outer space theme color sorting activity. Place the colored counters on the correct colored planet.

What Can Preschoolers Learn With Matching Activities?

matching activities for preschoolers


  • Where do all of the red objects go?
  • How are these objects different?
  • How can I problem solve to match the objects?
  • If you try the activity again, will you get the same results?
Spaced themed game to practice color sorting.

What Is The Importance Of Sorting In Preschool?

Besides the fact that kids love an outer space theme, there are many other reasons you should practice sorting with your children.

Identify Characteristics

Whether kids are sorting colors, texture, or types of animals, they will be identifying specific characteristics that are different.

Problem Solving

Our students problem solve with sorting to figure out the differences in things and match the similar objects or ideas together.

Finding Relationships

Children are always trying to connect and find relationships between things they already know and new concepts. Sorting can help children discover relationships and patterns.

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are used when children pick up objects and place them in a group. Children will practice pinching which will help them practice writing, tying shoes, and buttoning.

Tools you’ll need

Fellowes laminator
Nuova laminating pouches set of 200 3 mil sheets
12 inch paper trimmer

Don’t worry about making a special trip to the store. You can get all the supplies for this activity right here. Click the pictures above to get what you need.

Our Favorite Books for Space Themes

We can’t live without these!

One of our favorite book series is the “Hello, World” series by Jill McDonald. They are easy for kids to follow along and they also introduce kids to new topics, ideas, and fun facts about the world around them. We have them for almost every theme they have ever created (and pre-orders for NEW BOOKS!!!)

Grab the ones below for the perfect addition to your fun space theme!

How To Use This Space Color Matching And Sorting game:

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Using the Preschool Color Sorting Printable

Add the sorting worksheet mats to your math and science center. Kids can use these to match similar colors and sort different colors.

Once the mats are laminated, there are many learning activities you can use them for, including using dry erase markers.

Sorting activity to practice color recognition and fine motor skills.

Moon Rock Mania

Before using the Space Color Matching and Sorting mats, check out how to make moon rocks with your favorite little astronauts. These can be perfect to add to a sensory bin.

Matching Cards

Use the color word cards to match objects around the room that share the same color.

Shape Space I Spy

Check out the Outer Space Shape 2D shapes and I Spy game. This can be a great follow up to the toddler and preschool color sorting mats.

Space Art

After completing the color sorting activity, give your students different materials to create their own planet. Items can include pom poms, black paper, star stickers, and glitter!

Solar System Play

Why not add these adorable solar system and astronaut cutouts for a free play experience that’s out of this world!

Create a Story

Children are great at making up stories. Allow their creativity to flow as your kids create their own story about the aliens in their activity.

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Outer space theme matching activities and color sorting activities for preschoolers.
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