Sorting Colours with Cardboard Rolls

BY ON Oct 2, 2012
How to teach colours to toddlers and kids?


Make learning your colours fun with this interactive game using pompoms and cardboard rolls!

Miss 2 has been learning her colours for some time now as we have been focusing on a different colour each week and sharing the activities here in our Colour Series.

Today’s activity is sorting and placing coloured pompoms into the matching coloured cardboard roll and catching them in a bowl.

It was a great way to reinforce the learning of colours, checking for understanding and having some fun with colours.

I think this Sorting Colours with Cardboard Rolls is also a great rainbow activity too!


What you will need? 

colour activities for kids


You will need an assortment of sizes and lengths of cardboard rolls, coloured paint, paint brushes, small bowls, assortment of coloured pompoms and masking tape.

This activity is very simple to organise and set up; firstly we painted the cardboard rolls and allowed them to dry in the sun.  We arranged the small bowls out along the glass sliding door and set up the coloured pompoms in a small tray.  The cardboard rolls are stuck to the window using double sided masking tape.  I love how they are all different lengths and sizes, adding to the variation of this activity.


Tip:  At the beginning of the activity place a couple of pompoms in the bowl underneath the matching coloured rolls to support the learning.  Also arrange the cardboard rolls at a height that is comfortable for littlies to reach.


Let’s Play 


This activity was so much fun for Miss 2 as she just loved placing the different coloured pompoms into the matching cardboard rolls and watching them come out the other end.  During the activity a lot of language was used reinforcing the different colours and their pronunciation, also a lot of praise and encouragement along the way as Miss 2’s confidence grew as she completed the activity.


Let’s Learn 

Colour activities for toddlers


One of the great things about this activity is that Miss 2 was using a number of problem solving strategies and self-correction. When she placed the wrong coloured pompom into the cardboard roll and watched as it came out the other end. If the colour was not right she would giggle and say “oh no,” then pick it up to try again.  I also noticed that she was carefully looking at the pompom in her hand and trying to match it with the colours already in the bowls before placing it into the matching coloured roll.


Learning Benefits of Sorting Colours

  • Fun, interactive and motivating!
  • Great for fine motor development and hand/eye coordination.
  • Self-correcting and problem solving.
  • Literacy: Connecting the written word with the colour.
  • Language skills: naming labelling and pronunciation.
  • Reinforce and extend learning about colours.


You may also like to try: Sorting Colours with Bottle Tops

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27 Responses to “Sorting Colours with Cardboard Rolls”

  1. What a fantastic colour activity Janice! I love it and will no doubt be stealing it soon to play with the twins hehe! Thanks for including us in your round up…wonderful post!

    • Janice says:

      Thanks Jode! It was such a fun activity and Miss 2 really got a lot out of it. I am very keen to give your cardboard paint stamping activity a try too! :)

  2. Kelly says:

    Kids love sending things down chutes don’t they! What a fun way to learn about colours :-)

  3. Penny says:

    Janice, you’re honestly amazing! This activity rocks. The girls will love it.

    I don’t know if I’ve told you, but we’ve been doing heaps of you activities lately. The soap slime was a hit and so was coloured rice. Guess what’s next on the list!?

  4. How fun! I’m adding this into our school plan just as soon as I can round up enough tubes.

    I’d love for you to link up to our Finished Friday blog party.

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  7. This is a fantastic activity Janice. What a fun way to reinforce colour recognition and practise some fine motor skills. So bright and happy to look at too! I’m featuring this on my blog today as my favourite from last week’s Kids’ Co-op.

  8. Beth says:

    This is such a fun creative, clever idea! LOVE it!

    I am featuring this today at TGIF ( Thanks for linking up! I hope to see you again today =-)


  9. Ashley says:

    This will be great when my little guy gets bigger. The girls already know colors, but they might enjoy it too.

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