Sorting. A very important skill for preschoolers to learn and one that you can have a blast with. Sorting activities range from simple to very complex and it’s important that we give our kiddos a range of these activities to encourage critical thinking and observational skills.
Sorting activities can be simple to set up, using everyday household items or toys. You can have your kids sort shapes, sizes, colors, and purposes using items such as couch pillows, cups, blankets, blocks, dolls, or play food.
The activities you will find below take sorting to the next level. Don’t forget to grab the free printable color sorting sheet you see below, you can find it here!
Color Sorting with Cereal:
You can grab the sorting sheet you see in this picture, here. We used Fruit Loops to complete this activity, which is always fun because it becomes learning with a snack! Sorting by color has become very easy for B, but if you are just starting with this skill, color is a perfect place to start. You can use this page to sort any item, don’t feel the need to stick with cereal. We have also used the counting bears, pieces of construction paper, beads, etc.
We absolutely loved this shape sorting activity from Mama’s Learning Corner. The pack includes four pages each with two shapes on each. The pictures included in the sort are incredibly cute and fun. They are also not just plain shapes, they are real pictures so it makes it a little more difficult.
Color Sorting Jars;
This sorting activity from In My World is another color sort. I love the items that are included in this sort, they are perfect for increasing your little ones vocabulary. The jars are also fantastic because you can use them with other items, not just the ones included. Bonus: There is an adorable crayon sorting activity listed in the same post.
Sticky Window Sorting:
If you are looking for something a little different you have to check out this Sticky Window Sorting Activity from LivingMontessoriNow. I like being able to switch it up a bit and get away from “worksheet” type activities, so this one is great! You tape a piece of contact paper to a window/glass door and let your kiddo sort into rows/columns on the sticky paper. We decided to use shapes, so I cut out and laminated 4 different shapes, and let her have at it. A great activity!
Beyond Shapes and Colors
As your little ones begin to master sorting, especially shapes and sizes, it’s important that you continue to challenge them with other objects and ideas. This clothing sort from ABCs to ACTs is a great example of doing just that. In this sort, your little one has to sort clothes based on the season. Even if your kiddos aren’t completely familiar with all the summer/winter items this provides a great opportunity to introduce them.
Community Worker Sorting Mats:
The Measured Mom has a fantastic sorting activity that requires kiddos to sort items based on the community worker and their job. When teaching your kiddos about the community and the various jobs in a community, this sort would be a perfect way to discuss the different aspect of these jobs as well as incorporate a little sorting.
Animals Classification and Sort:
We absolutely love this sort from Totschooling. This free printable is great for talking to kids about fish, mammals, insects, and birds. You can just do birds and fish if you need something a little easier or aren’t quite ready to tackle mammals yet, or you can do it all. This activity is great for vocabulary and working on observations as well.
With such an incredibly important skill, you want it to be fun as well as educational. These sorting skill activities are sure to be fun and exciting for your little ones.
Thanks for stopping by and happy sorting,