Sorting activities make the best toddler games. Here’s why I sort every day with my son.
Sorting activities are some of my favorite toddler activities. I’d go all out and say they are my favorite favorite, but I do love me some messy sensory play too. Hold the phone: someone make me a messy sensory sorting activity. My head would spin.
Oops, I’ve digressed, haven’t I?
Sorting activities. The Cadillac of Toddler Activities. Why do I love sorting activities so much? Because they have so much bang for their buck. They take seconds to prep and you get tons of learning (and concentrating quiet time) in return.
Here’s my sales pitch on sorting activities and why you should be sorting with your kiddo often:
Sorting is a math skill and one of the first that our kids can master. When a child sorts objects, they are analyzing data, finding relationships among objects, and applying rules to groups. They are also thinking logically and critically about a given set. It may seem like an easy skill, but sorting is so very much more.
I try to do at least one sorting activity every day with my toddler.
I’ve come up with 8 super simple to set up, super easy to put together sorting activities. Perfect for busy moms with busy kids living busy lives. I promise – these sorting activities will be easy on you, but the learning return with be great for your tot. Each activity title is linked to a full blog post for more information on that specific sorting activity.
MAGNET SORT: Sorting magnetic vs. non-magnetic items in this simple STEM sorting activity.
OBJECT SORT: Sorting activities often come back to color so I took that variable out with a “like objects” sort of all blue items.
PUZZLE SORT: Dump, mix, and have your kids sort back out their favorite puzzles. This is a tough one (in a good way)!
ABC LETTER SORT: AKA what to do with all those alphabet pieces from all the puzzles and games you own…
COLOR SORT: Sorting by color is one of the first ways to sort and adding paper to sort onto can make all the difference.
PLAYING CARD SORT: Playing cards invites sorting by color, suit and number – the sorting possibilities abound!
WATER BEAD SORT
Sorting is a powerful skill and one that is easily mastered at home with simple, easy to prep activities. You’ll feel like Wonder Parent with all the learning from sorting activities like these.