What's The Point
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
This Activity Will Help Your Child
- Follow simple instructions
- Notice differences
- learn about sorting objects
- Identify patterns
- I Spy Numbers
by Jean Marzollo
- Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
by Ann Morris
How Do I Do It?
Invite your child to help with the sorting you do every day during household chores.
- Let him/her help separate laundry into light and dark piles for washing.
- Have him/her sort shoes or winter items (e.g., hats, mittens, gloves) by family member.
- Have him/her sort clean silverware into groups (e.g., spoons, forks, knives that are safe for children to handle), count each group, and then help put them away.
- Give him/her a small handful of coins to sort by size or color.
Take It Further
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."