Egg Carton Colour Sorting

Play with colourful pom poms in the sensory table and sort them by colour into coloured egg cartons! Fine motor control, colour recognition and early sorting skills for toddlers and preschoolers.Egg carton and pom pom colour sorting

Here’s the next simple play activity in our Toddler Play series, aimed manly at the 18 month to 3 year old age group, but perfectly enjoyable behind that stage too, of course!. [Click the image to see all previous ideas in this series.]A series of toddler play activities from The Imagination Tree

For this activity we used 7 egg cartons and painted them in colours of the rainbow. Once they were fully dried they were placed in the sensory table along with a huge collection of colourful pom poms, some sparkly and others plain. Egg carton colour sorting trays

Two scoopers went into the mix too, but you could also use tongs, pincers or wooden pegs according to the level of fine motor challenge you wish you introduce.Sorting pom poms into coloured egg cartons

Then it was simply left out as an Invitation to Play and play they did!

I was interested to see that Bean could match them all by their colours to the corresponding egg cartons. She liked the sparkly ones the best and was frustrated that there weren’t enough blue ones to fill the box, so she had to supplement with the plain blue variety. She used both her hands and the scoopers and also loved throwing them around and launching herself into the tray head-first with sheer joy!

Toddler play activity pom pom colour sorting

Big sister took the egg cartons and filled them up with the matching pom pom colours, pretending they were “sweets” and delivered them to us on a travelling bus around the house. They served up blueberry, strawberry, banana, orange and kiwi flavours and they were delicious!

Pom pom colour sorting in the sensory table

What they are learning as they play:

physical: pinching and grasping, transporting, fine motor grasp, using small implements to move materials

Maths: sorting using one variable (colour), sorting and matching, 1:1 correspondence, simple counting

creativity: imaginative play, using one object to represent another in role-play

Cakie: 5.6

Pop: 3.11

Bean: 2.0

See some other activities for learning colours here




  1. Kayleigh says

    Love this idea!!! I’ve been trying just egg cartons and pom poms and it keeps my LG amused for ages, this looks like a great educational expansion on that. FYI other parents Wilkos do really cheap pom poms in their arts and crafts section.