color sorting magnets tutorial

Color Sorting Magnets Tutorial

I wanted to make a color sorting activity for the children in my baby class because many of them are older and I wanted to see how they did with this type of game. I made 7 colors but I wouldn’t put them all out at once for a child under 24 months, I would start with 2 colors and add from there as needed. 
Here is what you need:
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Laminator and pockets or contact paper
  • Magnets (strips, dots, old magnets, whatever)
  • Paint, paper, brush in the colors that you are choosing
First I went through the magazines and found 5 pictures for each color; I did red, orange, yellow, green, blue,  purple and pink.
After I cut them out I glued them on white cardnstock to make them more durable and less flimsy.  
Then cut them out again.
Put them in the laminating pocket and ran them through the machine (I got this one at Costco for 19$ and it came with 100 pockets). 
 Next, I cut up the magnet (I had a roll) and put a piece on every one before I cut them out, I just find this to be a quicker and easier point to add the magnet instead of after they are cut up again. 
I also painted some paper in each of my colors and ran that through the laminator and punched out 3 inch circles and also added a piece of magnet to the back of those.
That is it! Then you are ready to sort! You can do this on the fridge or on cookie sheets or any other magnetic surface! Depending on how many colors you put out at a time you could engage a child from 1-4 years with this game while building on sorting, color naming, patterning, counting and more!

15 Responses to Color Sorting Magnets Tutorial

  1. Phoenix Peacock March 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    What a fun and easy idea! I love it.

  2. Sadie Jane March 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    What a great idea! I will have to make these for Reagan when she is older! Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for your nice comments!! I am your newest follower!! Showing the blogging love!!

  3. Rachael @ The Little Birdie March 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Awesome idea! This seems so great for helping the littles relate to real objects. All the store bought toys are too cartoony I think. Great job!! I will definitely be doing this for Aubrey when she’s a bit older. :)

  4. Crafty Girls March 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Thanks for checking out my blog and being my newest follower! I love your blog, and your daughter is so sweet! I am now your newest follower and I am looking forward to seeing your great ideas in the future! :)

  5. Sarah @ Sarahndipities March 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    So fun! Such a great idea!! Thanks for visiting my blog! Love your cute stuff!

  6. Amy March 4, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    This is an amazing idea!!! I love it!


  7. Kara @ Mine for the Making March 4, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Fantastic!! Doing it!!

  8. MommyMeagan March 4, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    This is a perfect idea! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy March 4, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    these are a great idea! My kids would LOVE these! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma March 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm #


    You need a host a kid linky party like Delicious Ambiguity!

    These ideas are great!

  11. Rachel Harwood March 4, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Awesome idea!!!! I love it!

    I’d love to have you link up with my For the Kids Fridays at


  12. Anna March 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    I looove this idea. You have some really great educational crafts which, as a kindergarten teacher, I really appreciate :o) You started following me and now I’m following you :o)

  13. GretchenP March 7, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    this is a CUTE idea! thanks for stopping by and commenting! also love the ‘feet painting’ at the b-day party! :) great blog! keep up the good work!

  14. Rachel Harwood March 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I’m adding a link to this on my blog post. Any chance I could get a photo to share along with it?

  15. Rachel Harwood March 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    I figured it out! Thanks for the note back!!

    I featured this post on my blog today. You can find it here:

    You can grab a featured button from my side-bar if you’d like to post it on your site.

    Thanks for such a fun idea!!
    :)rachel from