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Caterpillar Color Sort for Toddlers

With our Insect I SPY printable last week, we are going "buggy" again with this Caterpillar Pom Pom Push activity for toddlers.  Use this activity to talk about colors, count, and work on strengthening fine motor skills!

You also might love our popular Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing Stick that is also great for working on fine motor skills!  Or if you are a fan of Hungry Hungry Hippo Game, you might like our much quieter caterpillar version

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I've been so focused on working with Big Sis and Big Brother that the two little ones (2 and 4 years) often are running around the house playing nicely with whatever toys they can get their hands on... or making a mess of everything.  

Usually, it is the latter...  

So I decided to make a little something for them in mind! It sneaks in learning concepts and is cute to boot!

Toddler Fine Motor Activity

What you need:

  • empty shoebox
  • markers
  • colored pom poms
  • sharp knife (adult use only)
  • pencil
And adult will first need to prep the activity by drawing out a caterpillar on the shoe box.  I drew out six circles for the caterpillar body-- each circle will be a different color.  Add more or less if you'd like.

Caterpillar Toddler Idea

Using a set of markers, color in each circle.  Crayola markers worked really on the brown shoe box, however you could also use paint

I left a little circle uncolored-- that would be the part for me to cut out with a knife.  I added two eyes and two antennae to the face of the caterpillar.

easy toddler color sort activity

Once the caterpillar is all colored, use a knife to cut a small hole in the middle of each caterpillar.  My circles were less than perfect, and that's okay if yours are, too.  The holes just need to be big enough to push a pom pom through.

Easy Color Sort Activity for Kids

My 4 year old got a chance to play with it first and had a great time pushing the pom poms into each hole.

At first I presented the activity by placing a colored pom pom on top of each hole and he pushed them in.  Then he began to pick up colors and push them in himself.

We talked about colors, counted, and more importantly he worked on strengthening his fine motor skills!

It did take a little bit of prep from me, but nothing too involved!  And the end result turned out super cute!

Pom poms are a so fun to play and work with!  After playing with this caterpillar activity for a few minutes, we had an explosion of pom poms all over the floor.  I'm not sure what happened! Ha!

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