Sorting is a basic math skill. By sorting, kids understand that things are alike and different as well as that they can belong and be organized into certain groups. Getting practice with sorting at an early age is important for numerical concepts and grouping numbers and sets when they’re older. This type of thinking starts them on the path of applying logical thinking to objects, mathematical concepts and every day life in general.
I started this activity with some hesitation. Not sure if my LOs will enjoy it. But to my surprise they were so involved. They liked it so much that they repeated it almost 4 times.. 😀
What you need
- Beads of different shapes & colors ( We had 10 categories to sort) – You could also use pom poms, buttons, wooden blocks, coins, legos.. Really anything😀
- Cups for sorting -You could use coloured cups to make it easier for kids but the clear cups worked perfectly for us.
- Give beads of different shapes & colors to your kids and ask them to sort out each color in a cup and also differentiate by their shape.
- For older kids, you could give them a thread and ask them to push the beads.
After their done sorting, you can ask them to count the number of beads in each cup – now thats some counting exercise.. (Although my LOs were not interested to count the beads.. They just wanted to keep sorting 😂)