DIY Color Sorting Activity for Toddlers


Velcro is one of my favorite materials to work on fine motor skills! If you have some, make this color sorting toy-- your little ones will love pulling the velcro squares off, dropping them in the container, dumping the container out, and sorting the blocks to each color!

color matching toddler learning activity

This Color Sorting Velcro Tower is a great learning activity for little hands and works on a variety of skills like color recognition, counting, and fine motor skills!

I made this fine motor skills toy with my 1 and 2 year old in mind, but even Big Brother wanted a chance to play with it!

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Toddler Fine Motor Skills Activity

To put together your own DIY Color Sorting Toy, gather your materials:

  •  Tall Container {I used plastic}
  • Package of Velcro Dots (buy a big ol' pack-- you'll find Velcro to be very addictive! ha!)
  • Foam blocks  (similar to these).  I purchased mine from The Dollar Store (or some other type of manipulative)
  •  Paint
  • Mod Podge or some type of sealant that can be used on plastic to protect the paint from chipping.  {I did not do this, and it is definitely a must!}

Note: I used a plastic container because that is what I had an excess of, however, an oatmeal container can be painted on with no chipping and/or use colored duct tape instead.  An oatmeal type container would have been way easier to work with; ah! Live and learn!  Or a sturdy box would work, too!

It is a super simple fine motor activity to put together that engages all the small muscles in the hand.

fine motor skills activity for toddlers

Your baby and/ or toddler will have fun grasping, pinching, and pulling the foam blocks off the container.

I also cut a square in the lid of the container to add in some more hand- eye coordination!  Happy Fine Motor Friday!

fine motor activity for toddlers - color sorting tower

Once you have painted and added a protective coating, it is time to add Velcro dots to the container and the foam blocks.

Place the soft-sided set of dots on the container and the scratchy-sided dots on the foam blocks, or vice versa.

The Velcro dots add a fun sensory element to the activity as well.

sorting and pulling velcro blocks toddler fine motor skills

As you can see I set up our Velcro Tower to reinforce color matching skills, but the kiddos just enjoyed pulling them off, putting them in the hole on top of the container, dumping them out, and attaching them back to the container paying no attention to matching the colors. Ha! They showed me, huh?!

This kept the kiddos entertained for quite some time! Yay!

I just wished I hadn't been in my "I must complete this RIGHT now mode" or I would have waited until I had some type of sealant to protect the paint and/or used an oatmeal container.

Being that the kiddos really enjoyed themselves, it'll be put back on my "to-do" list!

color sorting toddler learning activity

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  1. Still Playing School7:26 AM, February 28, 2014

    Oh, what fun!

  2. So fun! Those Velcro dots ARE addictive aren't they? It's nice that the blocks fit inside too, making two activities in one!

  3. What a good idea! They can stick the blocks to the velcro, or push them inside. (We're velcro fans too! lol!)

  4. That's neat. I wonder if my 2 year old would get into this??? Maybe I should try it out. Thanks!

  5. Awesome idea! I love velcro too!! Fun for my wild man and not messy =)

  6. School Time Snippets10:06 PM, February 28, 2014

    Thank you! Glad I am not the only one ; ) Definitely try it-- my kiddos truly enjoyed the activity!

  7. School Time Snippets10:08 PM, February 28, 2014

    I may be a bit biased, but yes! I think you should try this activity : ) My 14 month old & 35 month old had a great time with it.

  8. Wow! Cool ideas.

  9. What a wonderfully creative idea. i have never seen anything like this before. We use containers that look like that for shaker rhythm instruments and for putting pipe cleaners in. I have never thought about using the outside. Great take on color sorting. This would fit in wonderfully with my Toddler Idea Tuesday post this week. I shared several different color activities.

    I would love if you could stop by and share with Toddler Idea Tuesday. I am always looking for new activities for my little ones and I love to share with my readers.

    Have a great evening


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