Young children are just learning to sort when they start preschool. Start with learning to sort by color, and then move on to other sorting, such as sorting by beginning sounds, sorting by quantity, sorting by patterns and sorting by attribute.
Sorting is such an important early math skill. As adults, we sort all the time! We sort the mail into keep and trash. We sort the laundry, the bills, and the utensils in the drawer. Our brains sort bits of information into categories for easy retrieval. These five activities are perfect for young students just starting to grasp the concept of sorting.
1. Circle Time Sort by Color
An easy way to introduce color sorting with students is to do a scavenger hunt. Children love to be active participants during circle time. Choose colored cardstock and ask the students to find something around the room that is the color red. When they find a red object, they return to the carpet and set it on the red cardstock. Continue the activity for all of the colors.
2. Light Table Color Sorting
A light table is an excellent addition to a preschool classroom offering endless activities for young children. Just adding simple manipulatives will put a new twist on color sorting fun. Click the pictures for any additional available resources.
3. Sorting Colors at the Sensory Table
A sensory table has many benefits for young learners and is one of the most popular activities in the classroom. Add counters, tongs, baskets, and other accessories to the sensory base to teach color sorting through sensory play.
4. Bulletin Boards can Sort by Color Too!
Interactive bulletin boards utilize vertical classroom wall space while allowing young students to move, cooperate, and learn in a developmentally appropriate way. Color sorting on the bulletin board is a fantastic way to practice this essential skill. Click each picture below to find available related resources.
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5. Sort by Color at Centers
Every center in the classroom has the potential to work on color sorting. Set up invitations to play around the preschool classroom, focusing on color sorting.
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