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Blocks and Pompom Colour Sorting

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Encourage children to learn colours by sorting coloured pompoms into the correctly coloured block.

Materials Needed:

  • Coloured building blocks such as Mega blocks or Duplo
  • Assorted coloured pom poms
  • Tongs (optional)

What to do:

  • Place the building blocks upside down.
  • Place the pom poms on the table.
  • Encourage the child to use the tongs to pick up a coloured pompom and place it in the correctly coloured block.

Hints and Tips

  • Children can use their hands rather than tongs
  • Instead of building blocks, use coloured paper that children can sort the pom poms on.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    established hand preference

    manipulates small objects

    holds object between thumb and first two fingers

    groups objects according to specific characteristics (colour, size, shape etc)

    recognises similarities and differences

    matches objects and pictures one to one

    pays attention to an activity between 5 – 15 minutes at a time

    able to identify and name primary colours

    understands concepts of sorting, grouping and matching

    increased concentration


  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Puzzle Play
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Fine Motor Skills, Learning Games, Literacy and Numeracy, Quiet Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

    4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

    5.4  Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

Created On February 21, 2023 Last modified on Tuesday, February 21, 2023
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