(tot school tuesday) color sorting wheel activity

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I’ll be blogging about Logan’s learning adventures every Tuesday in my new Tot School Tuesday series. Before this whole mama gig, I was a social worker who worked with mostly children in the foster care system. I saw first hand how children learn and communicate through play. I never went to work without a stash of art supplies in my bag. I think that’s why I’m so passionate about crafting, there’s a huge therapeutic benefit from it for anyone who does it (old or young).

One of my favorite things about being a mama is watching my 2 year old learn new things. He’s truly a sponge and it blows my mind at how much he already knows. I’m amazed at how my toddler, who typically has the attention span of a gnat, will attentively participate in any learning activity I set up for him if it involves play. So, that’s how Tot School Tuesday was born.  Plus, this is just a good reason to put everything else aside and give my kiddo one on one time. I know many of my readers also have toddlers at home, so hopefully this will be a good opportunity for us to share teaching ideas with each other. Should I put up a linky every Tuesday so you can link up your own Tot School ideas? Let me know!

Here’s the first Tot School Tuesday activity that I tried out with Logan a couple weeks ago. We’re focusing on colors right now, so I put together this color sorting activity for Logan. I was going to do a toy scavenger hunt and have Logan find the toys himself, but I ended up filling a bin full of primary colored toys myself because sorting colors is still a new concept to him. It was less confusing that way, because many of his toys are multicolored. We might try this activity again once he has his colors down and I’ll have him hunt for toys himself. He did a fabulous job sorting his toys by colors and even asked me for “more colors”, so we did the activity a few times before he just wanted to play on his own and the toys started raiding the blue sheet. After the sorting activity, you can try calling out colors and have your child stand on the corresponding felt sheet (by the way, those are stamps on his feet, not dirt lol). You’ll be amazed at how a few cheap sheets of felt will hold your tot’s attention.

Learning Objective

Identify, name and sort colors.


Primary Colored Felt Sheets
Bin or Basket
Primary Colored Toys


Tape primary felt sheets to the floor, forming a circle wheel. Pick out small primary colored toys and add to a bin or basket. Have child sort toys onto the felt sheets by color, while you help them identify and name the colors.




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10 Responses

  1. I love this idea!! I go around and pick up random toys in the morning and put them in a bin for the boys to put away later. I should make them color match them first! 🙂

  2. Love this! Simple and cheap, just what I like! I’m not sure if my little one will be able to sort his toys just yet, but I’ll start with solid colored blocks and work our way up 🙂

    1. Thanks Allyson! Great idea starting with colored blocks! I hope you’ll link up to next week’s Tot School Tuesday 🙂

  3. I really REALLY like this. We have one big basket in the living room where (most) toys go at the end of the day. I should make colored bins. We’re working on letters, so I could take the felt and cut out the names of the colors to put on each bin. Can’t wait to come up with some Tot School activities to link up. Thanks for the idea.

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