Christmas Sorting Activity for Kids

A fun Christmas Sorting Activity for the kids was easy to set up one day.  The kids loved doing this sorting peppermint activity while we created a little Christmas craft.  The kids know that they can’t eat these candies because it’s a choking hazard, so if you do this activity at your house, please use extreme caution and supervise your kids during the entire activity.  This activity sure did smell good while we manipulated the two colors of peppermints and had a little fun with sorting!
Check out these Christmas Fine Motor Activities for more creative ways to work on fine motor skills and address development of skills this Christmas season. 

 Christmas Sorting Activity for Kids

We started with a pile of red and green peppermints in our Christmas sorting task.  The kids were very interested in helping (it is candy!) and we got to work.
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We pulled out the wooden baskets from our Melissa & Doug Food Groups toy for sorting bins.   I had the kids put red peppermints in one and green peppermints in the other.

So what did we do with these sorted mints once we were done?  We had a fun project planned!  Little Guy and Big Sister helped to place the peppermints on a piece of aluminum foil.  We made a little circle of peppermints with a design using the red and the green colors.  (Big Sister especially liked this part!)  I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees F and placed the foil on a cookie sheet.
Keep an eye on your peppermints in the oven, they will melt fast!  We kept the candies in the oven for about 10 minutes and pulled them out when they looked nice and melty.  I had sprayed the foil with non-sticking cooking spray before placing the peppermints in our design, but it turns out that step isn’t needed.  The candy will pull right off of the foil without difficulty and the non-sticking cooking spray only added a layer of grease that wasn’t needed.  (It wiped right off.)
We used our little candy plate to hold some almonds for a Christmas-y snack that afternoon.  It was a fun sorting activity and crafty experiment!

1 thought on “Christmas Sorting Activity for Kids”

  1. What a great activity. I was just trying to think of some sorting activities for my preschoolers this coming week. I'll get them peppermints to sort and take home. Yipee! I am going to tweet and share this on FB. 🙂
    Ducks ‘n a Row

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