Give the children a collection of objects to sort, for example food from the cupboards or some of their toys. Talk about what is the same and what is different about the objects you are sorting, for example 'These are boxes. These are not boxes' or 'These are cars. These are bricks'. Have 2 boxes to sort the objects into or create 2 piles and tell your child how to sort the objects-boxes/not boxes; cars/bricks.
Ask your child 'What do you notice?'
In the first step, you told your child how to sort the objects. In this step, your child will use their skills of comparing to identify something to sort objects into 2 groups. Look at a collection of objects, for example dinosaur toys. Ask your child 'What do you notice about this dinosaur?' Your child might notice that it has spiky bits. Find other dinosaurs that have spiky bits and put them in a group. Put all the other dinosaurs into another group. Discuss with your child that they have a group of dinosaurs with spiky bits and a group of dinosaurs with no spiky bits. You could write labels for your groups.
If your child is ready, look at a collection of objects that could be sorted in different ways-for example, a group of toy vehicles. Ask your child 'How could you sort the vehicles?' They might decide to sort by cars/not cars. Sort the vehicles and then look at the 'not cars' set. Sort these further by type-train, bus, aeroplane etc. Then ask your child 'Can we sort them a different way?' - You could sort them by colour, whether they go on land, air or sea, number of wheels...
In step 4 you will also need a group of objects that can be sorted in different ways. This time we will look at sorting objects where some of them fit into 2 groups. Watch the video below.
When your child is confident in identifying how and why a collection of objects has been sorted, they can begin to compare the value of the sets using words like more, less or the same/equal. Make a collection of objects and sort them into groups. Talk to your child about what they notice about the amount of objects in each group.
You could have a go at sorting money.
How many different ways could you sort it?
What happens to the amount of money in each group?
Lots of things in your house can be used for sorting activities and it's a great way of keeping things tidy-your child's bedroom should be spotless by the end of this week! You could:
- sort your toys
- sort the cutlery in the drawers
- sort the food in the cupboards
- sort your clothes in your wardrobe
- sort the socks in the washing basket
- sort the pens and pencils
Let me know what else you have found to sort and tidy!