Looking for a fun toddler activity to get them moving and learning?
Head to the backyard for an active color match game for toddlers. It’s a great way to learn colors while practicing gross motor skills.
Disclosure: There are Amazon Affiliate and other affiliate links in this article which means, at no additional cost to you, we could receive compensation for our recommendations. You can read our full disclosure policy on our Disclosure Page for more details.
Backyard Color Match Game for Toddlers
This toddler game is all about running around and having fun, so you’ll need quite a bit of space. We played the game in our backyard. It will also work inside as long as you have enough room to move around safely.
Colored place markers (one for each color you want to practice). We used large balls, buckets, and a cone.
Objects/toys of different colors. Make sure the color of these objects match the place markers. We had 2 of each color (one for each child). We used small balls, toy ducks, cups, etc.
How to this color matching game for toddlers
Spread the colored place markers (balls, buckets, cones, etc) around your playing area. The farther they are away from each other, the more running your kids will do.
Start by practicing the names of the colors.
Call out a color and have your child run to it.
Can you find the orange cone?
If more than one child is playing be sure to talk to them about how to touch the place markers. (My toddler wanted to pick everything up.)
Say: “Run to the green bucket and touch it with your hand.”
Once you have named all of the colors, it’s time to introduce the color matching.
Ask your child to choose a small toy. Then, ask him its color. “What color is the duck?”
Have your child take the toy to the matching colored place marker. “Can you take the yellow duck to the yellow ball?”
Continue matching the small objects to the place markers.
Be sure to say the colors each time.
Backyard Match Game for Toddlers #2
Ready to mix it up a little? Our second game practices colors and following directions. Once you’ve finished the color match game, try this one. Leave all of the toys matched up.
The goal of game 2 is to move the toys around.
Call out a color and a toy. Then name a colored place marker. “Can you place the green frog on the pink bucket?”
The game practices colors and following directions.
You can also use it to practice positional words like on, in, next to, etc. “Can you place the blue duck next to the orange cone?” “Put the pink ball inside the green bucket.”
You May Also Like One of These Color Games for Toddlers
Go on a Colorful Scavenger Hunt
Rainbow Texture Explorations for Toddlers
Color Sorter Water Bin at Teaching 2’s and 3’s
More Color Games for Toddlers
Here are some more fun color games that you can have on hand both indoors and outdoors to learn about colors through play. They’re so much fun!
Latest posts by Trisha (see all)
- Valentine Sensory Bags for Toddlers - January 25, 2022
- Snowball Toss Alphabet Game for Toddlers - January 19, 2022
- Backyard Color Match Game for Toddlers - May 24, 2021