Color Sorting Tray with Wooden Beads - Preschool Color Sorting and Lacing Learning Activity

Color recognition is an important part of early childhood development and is often used in development milestone screening. Discerning between colors are one of the first ways that toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten children begin to categorize and describe what they see in their world. Noticing subtle attributes, such as color or shape, is a building block to reading and math. For example, when your child notices the similarities and differences in shapes, such as a square and a rectangle, they using the same skills needed to recognize the differences between letters, number and symbols.

This activity aids in recognizing 6 common colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) by offering several colorful wooden beads in 3 shapes (cube, cylinder, sphere) and 6 colors. The muffin color sorting tray is marked with 6 colors. Your child is given 36 chunky wood beads (3 different shapes and 6 different colors) to sort into 6 matching colorful wells of the tray. The beads are (3/4"-1") and the sectioned tray is 10"L x 5.5"W.

This busy bag is also perfect for toddlers and preschoolers who love to lace or sort. Children can simply lace the large variety of beads on the lace to make pretty jewelry, or they can sort or lace by color or bead shape. Older children can create patterns with the colors and shapes. They can take it apart and do it again and again. While they play they are strengthening their fine motor muscles while picking up and manipulating the beads.

What is included:
- 36 wood beads. 6 different colors and 3 different shapes. Two of each color/shape combination. (3/4"-1")
- 1 lace
- 1 plastic lace (easier to thread with, inside bead doesn't snag on it.
- Jumbo Tong - Tongs are 6" long and 2.5" wide (color varies)
- 1 sectioned tray marked with 6 colors. 10"L x 5.5"W  (color varies)

What they are learning WHILE having fun:
- Hand/Eye coordination and spacial recognition. - Being able to line up the beads and place them on the lace
- Fine motor - Practicing using fine motor pincer grasp in order to manipulate the beads. Builds hand muscles and dexterity which are essential for a proper pencil grasp.
- Concentration. This activity utilizes several manipulatives for open-ended pretend play so it offers a great opportunity to sit and focus on a task before it is completed.
- Hand/Eye coordination - Being able to drop objects into the bowls
- Color recognition – Kids need to recognize the differences in the colors in order to place them in the correct section.

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