There are 4 pages of colourful sorting funis workbook, which takes children from simple sorting by colour through to more complicated sorting decisions - important skills to master.
Sorting activities are an important precursor to counting and understanding what comes next. Children should learn to distinguish objects and sort them in various ways. We've got plenty of ideas below, as well as some printable activities to explore with your children.
This page and resources support the White Rose Maths Autumn Term Block 1 Place Value small step, Sort Objects.
- Manipulatives: Provide plenty of different objects for children to play with and sort, such as counters or lego pieces.
- Different ways to sort: Sort objects by colour, size, shape, type. Point out the different ways that objects can be sorted.
- Making lines: Encourage children to line the objects up as they sort them, as a first step towards bar models in future.
- Vocabulary: How are these objects the same? How are they different? Can you sort them into groups? How have you grouped these objects? Are there different ways to group these objects?
- Finding mistakes: Sort some objects yourself but make a mistake. Can the children find the mistake and correct it?
- Sort with a partner: Put a selection of objects between a pair or small group of children and ask them to think about how they would group them, without moving the objects. Now ask one child to group the objects and explain their groupings. Would the other children have done it differently? Alternatively, ask one child to group the objects and the other children to guess their reasoning.
This shape and colour sorting game can be used to familiarise children with sorting by shape and by colour, practising the language of sorting and the logic of the grid as you go.
This simple activity provides a set of little cards for the children to cut out and sort into 2 groups. They might choose to sort by colour or by shape. When they have sorted the cards, ask them to explain how they sorted them and see if they can spot another way to do it.
Cut out the 12 cards and then ask your child to sort them into groups. They might choose to put all the black and white and colour cards into separate groups, or sort by dogs and cats.