Grace was so excited to do this color sorting activity!  I think it was because of the M&M’s and I don’t blame her.  Any activity that involves chocolate is a fantastic activity in my eyes!


This activity was so easy to set up.  It took Grace about 15 minutes to sort all the M&M’s but she loved this activity so much she asked if she could put all the M&M’s back in the bowl and sort them a second time!  After I heard that I knew this activity was a winner.

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(After Grace was done with this activity I laminated the piece of construction paper so I could use it for other activities)

Directions: I took about a hand full of M&M’s and put them in the plastic bowl.  Then I found the crayons that matched the M&M’s in the bowl.  I drew 6 circles with the crayons on the white piece of construction paper.  Then I wrote the color words in each circle.  Before I gave Grace the M&M’s I went over all the color names for each circle.  I told her after she sorted all the M&M’s in the bowl she could pick one color and eat those.  That way she wasn’t eating a whole lot of M&M’s but she was still about to enjoy a few.


How did my daughter do with this activity?

This was by far her favorite color sorting activity!  Each time she put an M&M down on the correct color circle she would say the color.  She was actively engaged in this activity for about 30 minutes because she wanted to do it over and over again.  Once she was done and I asked her what color M&M’s she wanted to eat and I wasn’t surprised with her response.  After looking at all the M&M’s sorted on the piece of construction paper for a few minutes she said “brown of course because it has a lot”.  She was right!  The circle with the brown M&M’s had the most in it.  She was so sweet and gave me all the yellow.

What is she learning during this activity?

  • color recognition
  • identification of color words
  • object classification
  • Following directions


Extending this activity is so easy!

There are so many things that can be done to extend this fun and easy activity.

  • Patterns – have your child create different color patterns with M&M’s
  • Counting – after they are done sorting the M&M’s you can have them count how many M&M’s are in each circle

My daughter LOVED this activity and has asked to do it over and over again.  Have your kids do this activity and they’ll learn to love color sorting too!






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22 Thoughts to “M&M COLOR SORT ACTIVITY”

  1. Jolene

    This would be so much fun to do with my niece! She just discovered M&Ms.

  2. Claudia

    this is such a fun activity for kids! I am sure they love it because they also get to eat them once they are done! I heard its also great for teaching how to add !

  3. This looks like such a fun activity! You could even share the M&Ms as a snack when you’re done! 🙂

  4. What a fantastic learning activity for little one. My nephew would love this. Love of chocolate runs in the family 😉

  5. I love this M&M color sort activity! My little ones love M&Ms so I know they would love an activity like this. I like how it’s not only educational and fun, but it keeps them engaged because they love the sweet treat. 🙂

  6. That is seriously the cutest. My niece would love this educational game. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is such a great idea for a kid’s game! Loving the sweet treats they can have afterward too.
    xo, Elizabeth // txelizabeth.com

  8. Obi

    oh how fun! something that I can do with my 2 year old cousin!

  9. Yeu Doi

    Great thoughts and ideas. Will share with my friends.

  10. E H

    OMG, this is a lovely activity! I will have to do this with my toddler! She could even eat a few of these! Love this exercise!

  11. What a cute idea! My kids already know their colors, but this would be a great idea for some of the kids I babysit. I need an excuse to use up all this candy from Easter lol.

  12. This is such a great idea!! I love M&M’s and incorporating them like this is just so good!!

  13. This would definitely engage my 3 year old as she loves M and Ms. I don’t know how long we’d last before eating them though!

  14. I have a granddaughter , that will soon be reaching an age that this activity will be perfect for!! This is definitely going in my “Nana’s tub of things to do” with the grand babies!! There are so many teaching lessons in this one little project!!

  15. I’m a teacher! This is a great activity

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