Toddler Activity – Sorting for Beginners

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Sorting is such an important skill and in my opinion one of the easier things to introduced so I got N (23 months) started with these Sesame Street pictures (cut apart from an old bulletin board border I had). 
We use the tray that the Melissa and Doug Magnetic Letters came in (you can use any type of tray, bowls, plates, etc.). I put one picture on each side to get her started telling her “Elmo goes over here and Cookie Monster goes on this side.”. She took over from there and loved it. 
Other Sorting Ideas
Poker Chips (sort by color)
Pasta (sort by type: Penne/Macaroni)
Two Different Letters Cut from the Sunday Ads (ex: 5 letter Bs and 5 Letter As)
Pieces of Straws (sort by color or sort by size: long/short)
Pom Poms (sort by color)
Legos (sort by color)
Food from the Play Kitchen (sort by color)
Buttons
Erasers
Crayons

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  1. Great job Mama! I like how you re-used the characters for sorting. You’re so right about sorting being important. Early mathematics! I hope to post about why sorting is neccessary soon as we’ve been doing a lot of different kinds of sorting in our home lately. I too love using the fabulous trays that come with the M&D toys; they’re great!

  2. Thanks! We did our version of this activity today and I linked to your post on my Facebook page. A four-sectioned container with red, blue, and white poker chips and pennies worked well for our 31-month-old.