Colour sorting box for toddlers

This is February’s sensory box. Obviously it’s not still February and I don’t think this is really a sensory box but luckily my ‘boss’ is 20 months old so I reckon I’ll get away with it! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you probably already know everything you need to know  about this box!

Colour sorting box for toddlers. It uses toys and things to have around the house to develop understanding and language in a fun way.

Little Miss has recently become aware of colours. Well kind of – she thinks everything is red – but she seems to understand that red is a way to describe things. So I decided to see if I could help her along.


  • Coloured bowls (I got these in a set from Tesco)
  • Rattan bowl – this is the one I used for her treasure basket, a clear bowl would work just as well

Colour sorting box for toddlers. It uses toys and things to have around the house to develop understanding and language in a fun way.

  • Random coloured plastic stuff  (mainly toys). I aimed for things that were one solid colour to make it as simple as possible.
  • Sneak a Peek Colours. (This is an affiliate link which means if you click on the link and buy something I get a small advertising fee at no extra cost to you.) This is a really sweet little book. There’s a colour on each page and you’re supposed to look through the hole to find examples of the colour.

How did we get on?

  • She’s still mainly favouring calling everything red although she’s learnt the word ‘blue’ and occasionally uses it correctly.
  • She sometimes sorts things correctly –  then randomly adds in wrong ones. Basically we have no clue whether she gets it or not!
  • She pulls the box out and insists people sit and play with it with her. This means that she likes it!

Colour sorting box for toddlers. It uses toys and things to have around the house to develop understanding and language in a fun way.


I’m not sure how E learned his colours but I’m pretty sure I didn’t actively teach him and he is doing just fine! I do remember him learning purple because some good friends had a purple car!

As with the play dough sets, the sensory boxes are at least partially for my own benefit. I really liked the planning side of teaching. Not the form filling paperwork aspect of it necessarily; but the finding interesting ways to inspire learning. So when I’m planning sensory boxes or play dough sets I get to feel like a teacher again (and there’s no ofsted in sight 😉 )

If you’re looking for more ideas here is my Pinterest board for toddler ideas



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10 Responses to Colour sorting box for toddlers

  1. This is great. I’m in the process of trying to teach Molly about colours. Everything is red to her too at the minute – though sometimes everything seems to be green. She knows red, blue, green, pink, yellow, grey and white but she gets mixed up with them all the time. This looks like a great activity to try with her. #familyfun

    • Beth at Bamm Boo says:

      She’s doing well then. We seem to have a vague idea of blue and red so it’s progress at least! 🙂

  2. Tammymum says:

    This is a god idea, especially sticking to definite colours – it can. be tricky to explain shades. My eldest has mastaered colours but youngestbis still working on it so perhaps I should give this a go. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx
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  3. Surrey mama says:

    Great idea and I love your Pinterest board. #familyfunlinky

  4. Helena says:

    This is a great alternative to a branded version we play. #familyfun
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  5. I keep meaning to try something like this I think it’s probably a easy one to source. I like the creating side to playing with our kids too I often do it just for me!! Lol. ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬
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    • Beth at Bamm Boo says:

      Thanks, it was an easy one. I bought the bowls especially but we’ll definitely use them again 🙂

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