Color Rings Sorting Board


The Color Rings Sorting Board (Lakeshore Learning) will help children identify colors. Depending on the child’s age, developmental level, and/or grade, the child can learn the following concepts:

  • identify some colors (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple)
  • sort according to color

All six colors are represented in three ways: 1. color rings, 2. color pegs, and 3. color names printed on board.

Color Rings Sorting Board - Lakeshore Learning


The Color Rings Sorting Board contains 25 wooden pieces (1 board and 24 rings). Each ring is represented in one of six colors (4 blue, 4 red, 4 green, 4 yellow, 4 orange, 4 purple).

My experience using the Color Rings Sorting Board

In my practice as a special educator and SEIT, I have used the Color Rings Sorting Board to teach colors and sorting. I have worked with children that are unable to identify colors. I have also worked with 3-year-olds that are able to identify all colors as well as sort the colors.

Additional Activities

Ask simple WH questions – This is a great activity I have tried when working in small groups of 2-6 children. Each child has a ring and I ask one of the following questions:

  • “What color is this?”
  • “Who has the blue ring?”: The child may respond “me” or “I do.” Also, one child can identify the peer (by name or by saying “he/she”) that has the blue ring.
  • “Where is the orange ring?”

“One” and “All” – Encourage child to follow simple commands:

“Put ‘one’ red ring on the board.”


“Put ‘all’ the purple rings on the board.”


Sorting – Encourage child to sort rings according to COLOR:

“Put all the green rings on the board.”


Most children also demonstrated improvement in other areas, including but not limited to:

  • not calling out
  • identifying peer names
  • responding when name is called
  • waiting turn
  • taking turns
  • sharing
  • isolating index finger to point
  • joint attention
  • improved attention span
  • hand-eye coordination


Consider “field of ___” questions:

Field of two – one (1) of two (2) pieces is correct:

“Where is the blue ring?”


Field of three – one (1) of three (3) pieces is correct:

“Where is the green ring?”


After demonstrating understanding of field of three, most children are able to identify individual colors when all six color rings are presented together. Encourage child to find rings of a particular color:

“Can you find the orange rings?”



The Color Rings Sorting Board is a wooden board with 24 colorful wooden rings. Children will be able to:

  • identify some colors (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple)
  • sort according to color

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