Helping a child learn to sort objects is a beginning math skill. Students learn many things by sorting that lays a foundation for later math skills. Sorting helps children see the similarities and differences between objects. Children learn that objects can be organized based on their traits. We all do lots of sorting in our daily life. Sorting the laundry, when putting dishes away and putting things away around the house. Our children also sort when they help clean up items in a home or classroom. I love to bring sorting into my classroom to help students see and feel the similarities of objects.
For our Autumn theme I decided to create a sort with pinecones, acorns and leaves. You could easily use real objects found on a nature hunt. But, too bad for me all the squirrels got to the acorns before I did! So, I bought these mini pinecones, acorns and small artificial leaves at the craft store. Students sorted the objects by type and I even put out some pinchers to add a little fine motor practice too!
See those sorting signs? Yes, I made them and YES they are free for you to use! Just print and place in front of a tub for sorting. Click on the picture below to get the sorting pages!