Body Color Sorting

This activity is a great lead-in to chatting with your child more about how people all across the world have different colors of skin and how this is one of the many things that makes us all special and unique in our own ways.

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Can you match the hands?

This is a great way to explore skin colors while also developing a child’s matching skills. Simply print out the included printables and then tape one set to some plastic cups. Then, have your child match the hands to the right cup. This activity will provide an opportunity to start discussing race and how even though people have different skin colors we are all equal.

📚 Books to explore: The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler; Shades of People by Sheila M. Kelly and Shelley Rotner; and All the Colors We Are By Katie Kissinger.

✨ Pro Tip: Grab some white, pink, and brown paint and let your child explore different colors of skin by mixing colors.

🌈 Know your colors: You can also take this chance to talk about other colors and mix different skin colors.

Materials

For this activity you will need:

Printable (x3) 

4 plastic cups 

Tape 

Scissors

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognition

Skills

Sorting

Indicators:

Sorting by labeling objects

Instructions

Step 1:

Print the printable hands and cut them out.

Step 2:

Tape one set of hands to the four plastic cups and leave the other sets out for your child.

Step 3:

Have your child sort the hands into the matching cups.

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Have your child make their own hands and color them in. 

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Keep the set limited to allow it to be a little easier for them to sort.

Playful Questions

What color is this hand? 

What color are your hands? 

Do you know someone who has this color of hand? 

Why do you think other people have different colored skin?

What makes you special?