Let’s Sort!

by Amy on January 11, 2011

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{Originally posted May 2008}

I don’t know about your kids, but mine love to sort! They are both naturally driven toward making groupings of similar objects, lining them up or making little piles. Sorting is not only fun, it’s also building those important early mathematical and scientific reasoning skills.

Here are some of the easy ways we explore similarities and differences through sorting:

Things for sorting:

  • Craft supplies: beads, buttons, colored paper clips, fabric scraps, pom poms
  • In the kitchen: various types of cereal, dry pasta, beans
  • Nature items: rocks, shells, leaves, pinecones
  • Toys: small animals, legos, marbles
  • Treats: M&Ms, jellybeans, candy hearts
  • In the garage: screws, bolts, nuts, washers
  • Other: coins

Sorting containers:

  • muffin tins
  • hula hoops
  • small bowls, buckets, baskets
  • yarn circles laid out on the floor
  • divided trays or serving dishes
  • empty egg cartons
  • ice cube trays

Everyday applications:

  • silverware
  • laundry
  • groceries
  • toy clean-up

Sort and classify by:

  • color
  • shape
  • size
  • function
  • habitat
  • season
  • texture


sorting animals by water, land, + tree-dwellers

Happy Sorting!

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