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Play-Doh Color Match

Age Range
3-5 yrs
Setup Time
1 minute!
Setup Location

When children explore their environment they notice how things are alike, and how they are different. They begin to sort them by characteristics that have meaning to them, characteristics such as color, size, shape, texture and sound. Children then begin matching objects that have the same characteristics.

Matching and sorting, as with all other math activities, are best learned when they are part of a child’s everyday life. Children need to see math being used in the real world. When they put a puzzle together, they are matching shapes. When they are putting on their shoes and socks, they are matching objects. While helping to clean up their toys or helping with laundry, children are sorting objects. Common activities that children experience during play and daily tasks provide many opportunities for them to learn math concepts.

This activity is a great way to learn and practice colors, size and numbers!


  1. Make 2 balls per play dough (one big and one small) using various colors

  2. Place miniature play dough balls in egg tray slots

  3. Ask your child to transfer matching big play dough balls with the miniature versions in the egg tray using tongs

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.