Feather Color Sorting and Fine Motor Activity

So far this week we’ve shared our toilet roll turkey fine motor activity and our turkey play dough. Today we’re sharing another fine motor activity that will be out for the month of November, but it could easily be incorporated into a bird theme at any time of the year. With these materials the kids will be practicing color recognition and sorting by color.

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Fine Motor Activity

To get started, gather play dough in assorted colors, feathers to match each color of play dough, googly eyes, and small foam triangles for the bird beaks.

Because the focus of the activity is the color sorting, I went ahead and made the little turkey bodies for this activity and set everything out like this as an invitation to play.

Teaching Colors

Tinker knew immediately what to do with the feathers. For younger toddlers you might introduce one color bird and the matching feathers at a time and discuss the colors as the child adds the feathers. Then over a couple of days introduce the other colors, building up to having multiple colors.

And you may be wondering what in the world happened to Tinker. Well, to make a long story short, she and her sister decided it would be fun to be super heroes for the day. Aren’t her super hero mask, arm cuffs, and special nail polish just fabulous? I thought about introducing this activity on a different day, but they were so proud of their creations I figured we needed some good pictures anyway. Here’s to embracing creativity, right?

Toddler Color Sorting-Turkey Feathers

As kids are poking the feathers into the play dough they are strengthening those little fine motor muscles that are so important for writing later on.

Thanksgiving Play Dough Activity for Toddlers

Lovey didn’t want to miss out on the action, so after sissy was done she created some turkeys, too. Hers got to do a little dance performance.

Preschool Color Sorting with Feathers

Then they went flying through the air.

Thanksgiving Turkey Color Sorting

Their finished flock is always bright and beautiful.

Color Sorting Feather Activity and Fine Motor Practice for Thanksgiving Turkey or Bird Theme

What ways do you help young kids learn about colors and sorting?


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  1. What a cute activity! My toddler would love this! Thanks for linking up to TGIF. I love seeing what you come up with =)

    Have a GREAT Thanksgiving,

  2. I love this creative combo of color sorting and fine motor work. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to try it with my boys!!

  3. So fun! I love the end result, so pretty and colorful!
    Would you like to come and share it at the Foodies & Crafties Soirée? There is on on-going now. We also have a hop on Pinterest, so you can gain some new followers:) Hope to see you there!
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

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