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Colour Sorting Tubes

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Children begin to identify colours by sorting coloured pompoms in the correct colours tube. 

Materials Needed:

  • Toilet paper rolls (painted or wrapped in same colours as pom poms) 
  • Assorted coloured pom poms

What to do:

  • Place the coloured tubes on the table. 
  • Place the pom poms on the table.
  • Encourage the child to pick up the pom-pom and place it in the correctly coloured tube.

Hints and Tips

  • Children can use tongs to pick up the coloured pompoms.
  • Younger children can use spoons to pick up the pom-pom and place it in the tube. 

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 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

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