Party Platter Sorting Activity

We all have a plastic party platter containers that we use when company is coming but did you know there are other uses for these containers? This Party Platter Sorting Activity is a fun way to use the platters with the kids when boredom sets in. It is quick, inexpensive and a high quality activity that will entertain them when you need a few minutes of "adult time". This activity is also a hit in a childcare setting, as long as you have enough of the same materials for each child. I typically set this us at a small table for 2 children but it can also be set up at a larger table for 4 children.


These are the materials that I used for this activity.

Party Platter Sorting Activity

Party Platter Sorting Activity

  • solid colored foam letters and numbers
  • a party platter
  • an anti-slip liner
  • solid colored stickers (from the dollar store)

Place one colored sticker to each of the section of the party platter. I used what I had available to me, which were the foam numbers and letters. This could be replaced with literally anything that is a solid color, such as popsicle sticks, blocks, erasers, pom poms, pieces of paper, just to name a few.

One important thing to remember is to choose a sort-able item that is a SOLID COLOR. The reasoning for this is to avoid the child getting confused and/or frustrated about where the item should be placed. 

The goal of the activity is simply to sort the colored item to the corresponding colored section of the party platter.

Party Platter Sorting Activity

This activity is really great for fostering the development of EARLY MATH SKILLS, like sorting, matching and classifying. It also helps to develop CONCENTRATION, ATTENTION TO DETAIL and DECISION MAKING SKILLS. An advantage to using numbers and letters is it adds LITERACY SKILLS to the list of developmental milestones that are being fostered through number and letter IDENTIFICATION.

Party Platter Sorting Activity

There you have it! An activity that provides your child with a BUCK LOAD of learning potential without dishing out the big bucks!!!

Always a winner in my book!!!

Try it out and let me know if your child enjoyed it!

Until next post,


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I love this activity because it’s so easy for parents to replicate without spending a lot of money. The foam letters could be any colourful small toy, which every parent has in spades. Also, this activity uses that big party platter we all have collecting dust in our pantry. LOVE IT!