This and That Shop Sort It Game

Your little one can strengthen fundamental math skills with "Sort It", a fun, educational, sorting activity!

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While Playing: 

*Studies have shown that when you sit with your child and engage in the same activity, you help open up the door for meaningful learning.

*Play with your child. 

*Take turns sorting the different objects.

*While your child is sorting the objects, engage in dialogue. For example, ask your child, "why did you put the asparagus on that shelf", or "why didn't the doll go on this shelf?"

Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Playing "Sort It" will help your child develop math skills, specifically relating to geometry and spatial sense. This online activity encourages children to explore, sort and compare objects in a way that is fun and interactive!  This game meets many expectations from the Ontario Full Day Early Learning - Kindergarten Program, one of which is:

Math: Geometry and Spatial Sense

Describe, sort, classify, build and compare two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures, and describe the location and movement of objects through investigation.

 

At-Home Activities: 

*Play the "Sort It" game using your child's small toys, or items around the house such as single buttons or beads.

*Print out the sorting mat found at the top of this page under "printable activity sheets".

*Have your child look at the items and describe how he/she is going to sort or group them. (You may find your child doesn't know what the word "sort" means, so explain it by saying putting in groups where they are the same in some way.)

*With pencil, (so you can reuse the sheet), write the sorting rule at the top of the page, for example, "sort by colour", then in each of the squares, write the specific categories, for example, "red", "white", "pink", "blue".

*Take turns putting the items in the right spot.

*Once you are done, encourage your child to sort the items in a different way, for example, maybe by size or shape.