Once a child understands the basic concept of sorting, introduce an activity that has multiple ways of being categorized. This dice sorting work comes with dice in a variety of sizes, leading the child to choose different ways to categories these items.
There are various opportunities to incorporate language and counting into more exercises of sorting and classification. This veggie sorting kit is a wonderful way to help children practice sorting by the name of the object. Children will naturally understand how to classify objects through lessons in the classroom, but will begin to make next level cognitive connections with the introduction of vocabulary.
The science and cultural area of the classroom is a great place to dive deeper into sorting. Concepts like the five senses, Living/Non-Living, Plant/Animal, and Vertebrate/Invertebrate are all wonderful categories to sort by.
Sorting by season is another great way to expand on this exercise of categorizing and is perfect as we transition from cooler months into the summer.Sorting Trays
Through the natural progression of this concept from concrete lessons to abstract thoughts, children will prepare their minds for bigger concepts within the math, culture and language areas of the classroom. Happy Sorting!