30 Color Activities for Toddlers!

Whether you are looking for creative ideas for exploring colors with toddlers or preschoolers, or just new ways to inject color into your play and learning time, here are 30 colorful activities from our archives that are sure to inspire you! All of these activities can be easily adapted to any color you are targeting. Click on the photos for details on each activity.

color activities for toddlers

 30 Color Activities for Toddlers

Rainbow Sensory Play from Twodaloo

  • Create a rainbow sensory bin to spark some colorful conversation and play.

Color Blue Activities

  •  Fill squeeze bottles with colored flour-based paint; let your little ones squeeze into containers or onto a large sheet of butcher paper.
  • Use colorful manipulatives for fine-motor play.
  • Bury colorful toys in coffee grounds; have your little ones find them and “wash” them off in colored water.

Halloween Tot School

  • Play with (and taste) a pan of colored/flavored gelatin.

Pumpkin Tot School

  • Do some mess-free color-blending with paint and a plastic baggie.
  • Float colorful objects in water and let your little ones fish them out with nets.
  • Bury colorful toys or objects in sand.
  • Play with colored play dough, knead food coloring into white play dough, or blend two colors of play dough together.

Red activities

  • Fill squeeze bottles with colored water and squirt into a container or water table.
  • Try “painting” with powdered drink mix by spreading it on paper and then spraying it with a squirt bottle…preferably outside!

Red Activities

  • Create a discovery activity by placing small objects of your targeted color inside small bottles or containers with lids and then placing them all in a larger zippered bag. Lots of fine motor practice as the objects are explored!

Hungry Monster Color Sorters

  • Use empty plastic juice containers to make these easy color-sorting monsters.

Yellow Activities

  • Dye tube-shaped pasta your color of choice and string it on a matching string!
  • Scatter colored objects around the house (or hide them for older children); have them collect the objects in buckets or bags of the targeted color.

Bubble Hunt and Size Sort

  • Hide colored objects in a large pile of bubbles for your tots to find!

Color Tubs

  • Create these color tubs by tinting containers of water and adding plastic balls. BEST ACTIVITY EVER!

Ocean Activities

  • Play with colored “goop” or “oobleck” (see link for recipe- such a cool sensory material!)
  • Play with colored ice and shaving cream, or use the colored ice to “paint” a white sheet.

Ocean Ice

  • Another twist on colored ice- freeze objects inside, or mix in water beads!

Squish Bags

  • Play with colored squish bags- this one is full of glitter glue!

Spaghetti Squish Bag

  • Play with dyed rainbow spaghetti- this is a giant squish bag for indoor play.

Transportation Activities

  • Make some color matching tubes from toilet paper rolls and felt; add manipulatives and you are set!
  • Cut pool noodles into rings to string onto jump ropes; more ideas for pool noodles in the full post.
  • Create colorful duct tape building blocks for stacking and climbing!

Spice Bottle Stampers

  • Create spice bottle stampers for painting with your targeted color.

Flour-based Paint

  • Paint your entire body with non-toxic, flour-based paint.

Indoor Snow Play

  • Use colored water to tint snow for some indoor snow play!

Magic Scented Foaming Paint

  • If your little ones are past the “tasting” phase, why not try some of our “magic” scented foaming paint? It’s a fun, fragrant, MESSY art/sensory play activity that we had lots of fun with!

Music Play

  • Last but not least, play with colorful scarves while listening to music. This is one of our favorite activities!

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  1. Oh my gosh, bookmarking this post. Thank you for sharing! We’re doing colors in tot school right now and I would LOVE to use so many of these, including the shaving cream and the bubbles and the ocean ice, so neat!

  2. Stephanie, I am so inspired! You have such original ideas! Thank you for sharing all of these amazing activities.

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