Colour matching with craft sticks – easy colour matching activity for toddlers.
This is one of those activities that feels almost too simple!
Set out a set of coloured cups and craft sticks in corresponding colours, and let kids sort the craft sticks by colour.
Once they are all sorted, simply tip out and start again!
And if you’re ready to pack up, just stack the cups and tie an elastic band around the craft sticks for easy storage, ready to play again another day.
Takes just seconds to set up or pack away!
Depending on what country you live in, you might call craft sticks by another name. Some folks call them Popsicle sticks, ice lolly sticks, ice cream sticks, Icy Pole sticks, Paddle Pop sticks – you get the idea! We bought pre-coloured sticks for this activity, or you could paint plain ones if you prefer.
Our cups were bought from IKEA, but look similar to these which come in six colours. I chose just four colours to start with, as this was the level my toddler was up to.
Her older sister loved this activity too – she got to roleplay being a teacher!
If your child is ready for a greater challenge, you could additional colours into the mix, especially those where the shades are similar – like pink, orange and red, or purple and blue. (This is where it might be handy to paint plain craft sticks – then you can get the right shades to match your cups).
You could also add a math element by varying the number of sticks in each colour. Kids could estimate which colour there is the most (or least) of, and then count the sticks after sorting to check if their guess was correct.
We have loads more age appropriate ideas for toddlers on our Toddler Activities page, including:
- DIY colour & shape boats for water play
- Easy fireworks painting for little kids
- Super cute paper plate sheep mask that toddlers can make
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Very good basic learning, then they can extend from there.