The purpose of this activity is to help your child notice details, follow simple directions, and sort objects – all important steps toward gathering and understanding information (data collection and analysis).From the Virtual Pre-K: Ready For Math toolkit
Invite your child to help with the sorting you do every day during household chores.
Give your child encouraging words and gentle correction as he/she works to build sorting skills. For example: "I can see you're working really hard at this. I'm proud of you!" "Oops, I think a fork made it into the spoon pile. Where should we put it?" "You look a little frustrated. Can we try sorting this together?" Explain to your child how you decide what goes where. For example: "This coin is a penny and it's brown. This coin is a dime and it's smaller and silver. So I'm going to put the brown coins in this pile, and the silver coins in that one."