Fine Motor Skills, Color Recognition
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Color Sorting – Paper Clip Sticky Wall

Where color sorting meets fine motor skills! Turn a part of your wall into a place for your toddler to stick and sort colorful paper clips. 

This fun activity will keep your small kiddos entertained – all while learning about their colors in an engaging way.

Strengthen Little Fingers with this Toddler Fine Motor Activity

This fun activity will strengthen your toddler’s fingers muscles and help them develop the important pincer grasp. Plus, older kids can enjoy the challenge of sticking paper clips to the wall themselves!

Paper clips are small parts and can be a choking hazard. Parental supervision required at all times!

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Watch the Video to See the Color Sorting Activity in Action

Here’s a quick video of my toddler and preschooler enjoying this DIY color sorting activity. My toddler enjoys picking up the paper clips and sticking them to the wall. Then her brother comes in and as an older toddler / early preschooler is able to distinguish each color and sort!

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Watch the Video to See the Color Sorting Activity in Action

Here’s a quick video of my toddler and preschooler enjoying this DIY color sorting activity. My toddler enjoys picking up the paper clips and sticking them to the wall. Then her brother comes in and as an older toddler / early preschooler is able to distinguish each color and sort!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make Your Own Color Sorting Activity

This activity is super simple to set up. We popped the activity up on the wall to encourage gross motor skills and shoulder strength! 

To make it more educational, I suggest using large colorful paper clips and then coloring the inside of the egg carton so they can sort the colors when they are done. 

I’ll share more ways that you can teach your child about colors and even early math skills, further in this post. For a comprehensive list of arts and craft supplies don’t miss our checklist!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Attach the adhesive paper to the wall sticky-side out, using tape to hold it in place. 

Step 2

Use a dot sticker or color the inside of an egg carton. You can sanitize a cardboard egg carton by heating it in an oven for 10 minutes at 200F.

Step 3

Attach the egg carton to the wall with tape beneath the sticky paper. 

Step 4

Ask your child to stick the paper clips to the sticky paper and then sort them in the egg carton!

Step 1

Attach the adhesive paper to the wall sticky-side out, using tape to hold it in place. 

Step 2

Use a dot sticker or color the inside of an egg carton. You can sanitize a cardboard egg carton by heating it in an oven for 10 minutes at 200F.

Step 3

Attach the egg carton to the wall with tape beneath the sticky paper. 

Step 4

Ask your child to stick the paper clips to the sticky paper and then sort them in the egg carton!

Educational Benefits of This Color Sorting Game

Don’t miss our full list of color recognition activities!

This activity is full of mind-engaging sensory play. When your toddler feels different textures, they interact with their environment and their mind creates new connections that help it grow. This activity not only has the contrasting textures of the firm paper clips and the sticky paper, but it has bright colors too!

It also helps your toddler strengthen their pincer grasp. In order to pick up the paper clips, they have to pinch them with their index finger and thumb. This movement is the foundation for important practical life skills like buttoning, unzipping, and holding a pencil! 

As they grab each paper clip, teach your toddler the names of the colors. This will teach them color recognition and early communication skills too. As they develop an understanding of colors, they will then be able to sort each color!

Educational Benefits of This Color Sorting Game

Don’t miss our full list of color recognition activities!

This activity is full of mind-engaging sensory play. When your toddler feels different textures, they interact with their environment and their mind creates new connections that help it grow. This activity not only has the contrasting textures of the firm paper clips and the sticky paper, but it has bright colors too!

It also helps your toddler strengthen their pincer grasp. In order to pick up the paper clips, they have to pinch them with their index finger and thumb. This movement is the foundation for important practical life skills like buttoning, unzipping, and holding a pencil! 

As they grab each paper clip, teach your toddler the names of the colors. This will teach them color recognition and early communication skills too. As they develop an understanding of colors, they will then be able to sort each color!

Store-Bought Color Sorting Activities

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen color recognition skills!

Color Sorting Rainbow

Transfer pom poms or balls to color sort this rainbow! If you use tongs it is great for fine motor skills too! (Caution: small parts!)

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is  not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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