A Simple Sorting Game
Inside: Simple color and number sorting game for preschoolers
Sort and Classify.
Hunt and find.
Let's create a Breakfast Invitation that includes all of the above.
Breakfast Invitations are different than workbooks because they allow child-led learning. This means that your child is touching, analyzing, and making higher level decisions on their own. - Doesn't that sound like a better way to set them up for success?
Let's step up our sorting game and add one more element. - Quantity.
Before you begin, ask yourself:
- Does my child correctly identify colors? If not, head here.
- Does my child sort by color? If not, head here instead.
- Does my child successfully count to 10 and sort objects by color? YES? Do this activity.
The reason you want to wait is that activities with two steps can confuse young children if it is not in their ZPD.
Remember ZPD from your college days? You want to push your child just enough without sending them into overload. We want them to persevere rather than give up.
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Begin by creating different colored circles with different numerals inside.
My intention would be that they would go find only things that would fit into the circle, but that is not what they had in mind. Remember, child-led learning. Allow some flexibility.
- Allow your preschooler to pick a circle.
- To get started, try saying things such as, "You picked the red circle with a red 6! I wonder what we should do to fill it?"
- Have them go around the house to hunt for 6 red items.
- Return, pick a new circle and repeat.
WHY are we working on this now?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
You can help prepare your preschooler for this skill by touching as you count NOW.
*REMEMBER, touch as you count each object with your finger to demonstrate this.
If you want to take it one step further, begin to Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group.