Sorting is SO beneficial for children! Here are a few sorting printables to get you started. Sorting by different attributes such as color, size, shape, or things they like/don’t like is a great math activity. It makes valuable connections in the brain and it’s an important math skill. It is a great activity for toddlers and preschoolers.
Which animals live on land? What animals live on water? I love that these pictures aren’t cartoon like, but real pictures of each animal. This simple activity also helps develop and strengthen vocabulary in young children as each animal is discussed.
Download the Land and Water Animal Sorting Cards
What else can you sort?
Make your own sorting mats with construction paper and try sorting:
- Colored popsicle sticks
- Types of food in your play kitchen
- Pom Poms (add tweezers or tongs to strengthen fine motor skills)
- 2d Shapes
- Socks (Sorting happens in everyday life !)
For Kindergarten students who already have experience with sorting, challenge them by giving them a handful of objects and ask them to figure out a way to sort them. Don’t give them the sorting rule. Let them decide the different ways that the items can go together. This is a great way to strengthen critical thinking skills.
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The printable sorting sheets include colors, shapes, numbers, letters, etc. Targeted skills include color recognition, shape identification, and letter identification (using letter matching games).
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