Prep: 2-3 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-7 Minutes

Let your toddler experiment with sorting by color with this simple pom-pom activity. While you might show your child how to sort the pom-poms by color, it’s important to let him spend as much time as he wants just exploring the materials. Don’t expect him to follow your sorting instructions at this age! If your toddler still tends to put most things in his mouth, you might want to wait a month or two before trying this activity.

  • pom-poms in a variety of colors
  • 6-cup cupcake baking pan 

Step 1: Give your toddler a pile of pom-poms of various colors along with a cupcake baking plan.

Step 2: Start out by giving him lots of time to just explore and play with the materials.

Step 3: You can model how to sort the pom-poms by color into the individual cupcake tins as you name the colors. See if he will follow your lead and do some sorting. Maybe he will. Maybe he won’t! Either way is okay.

Step 4: You might leave the materials out for your toddler to come back to later to play with independently.

Step 5: Keep modeling how you sort by color. When your toddler is ready, he will surprise you by doing it too.