Your child will sort colored cereal or snack food into groups based on color.
Learning Area(s): Math; Physical Development
- Colored Goldfish crackers or colored circular cereal (such as Fruit Loops)
- Colored construction paper to match cereal colors, cut into large circles
Give your child a bowl of colored Goldfish crackers or colored circular cereal (such as Fruit Loops) and explain that she will put each piece of cereal on the paper circle that matches its color. It is helpful to begin by naming each color and demonstrating how to place some of the cereal on the correct colored circles. Then say, “Your turn! Can you find a green piece? That’s right, let’s put it in the green circle.” Expect your child to want to eat some of the cereal as she is sorting.
- There are many variations on this activity, as children can sort many kinds of objects. If your child enjoys this snack sorting game, you can have her sort other types of mixed snacks—such as fruits, small pretzels, Chex cereal, or veggie straws—into different bowls.
- Toddlers can also sort toys, colored blocks, colored pasta, or Lego® by color. You might want to start very simply by just including two colors to sort. Once the child has the idea, add another color.