Please remember that all activities are to INTRODUCE, not MASTER Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Every child moves at their own pace. 

Be patient with yourself and your preschooler as you introduce new concepts.  Some days they will embrace your ideas, and others, not so much. It is all age appropriate and exploration is the key to success. 

classification 

In Kindergarten, children will begin to classify objects into given categories.

You can begin to integrate this standard with the outdoors by going outside and making a collection box.

Go ahead, pick up anything outdoors and place it in the box.

*Also note that our Collection Box was dumped 4 times by Grey before our final filling. All of this is part of the experience. Allow your child to explore and make the decisions. The good news is that there is plenty of what they are collecting.

Once your preschooler has decided their box is complete, bring it indoors to classify. 


By Kindergarten, children will be asked to classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.

Melissa and Doug boxes can be colored with crayons and used for color sorting. 

Using a handful of objects, Grey decided which color to put the object into.

Lastly, we counted the amount of colors in each color category.

By Kindergarten, children will be asked 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.

One way to increase the level of difficulty is to discuss how many more and less are in each color box. 


By Kindergarten, children will be asked to classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.

Step outside with your preschooler and color box to navigate the colors of Sping! 

Here we are using our recycled Melissa and Doug toy box, which we colored different colors to create categories. 

Grey took the box outside and explored just how colorful nature truly is. Especially in the Spring!