Preschool Sorting Activities: Hands-On Sorting By Size
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Tots and preschoolers will enjoy these fun preschool sorting activities! This is a great hands-on way for little ones to practice sorting by size!
Once a week, I invite some of Grace’s neighborhood friends over to have what I like to call “Mommy Pre Pre-K”. I miss teaching so much, and I guess this is my way of getting to be a stay-at-home mom but still teach others. It also provides the kids with some learning experiences and social development before they head off to school. Not to mention is super fun!
During Mommy Pre Pre-K, I like to introduce and review Pre-K and Kindergarten skills. This week, we worked on our interactive alphabet notebooks and sorting by size. I wanted the kids to do a fun activity that was easy to set up and let them be active. So, I came up with this awesome sorting by size activity!
Preschool Sorting Activities
It was so easy to set up and the kids absolutely loved it! It took me about 10 minutes to set up, and the kids played it for a good 30 minutes. Plus, without knowing it the kids helped Grace clean her room. Fun, educational, lots of running around, and cleaning…………this activity is AMAZING! Hahahahaha
Ok, I know you’re excited to get started. So, here we go………………………..
- Small, Medium, and Large Printable
- Masking or colored tape
- A kids room or playroom with toys in it
The first thing I did was print out the small, medium, and large printable from the materials list above.
Then I created 3 large square/rectangle shapes on the floor with the tape. I cut out the small, medium, and large printable labels. Then I taped one of the labels to each box.
I sat the kids down and we went over the words small, medium, and large.
I showed them the square boxes I made and the labels. I asked the kids to run to Grace’s room and find toys to place in each box. Then they had to figure out which of the squares each toy should be placed in based on the toys size.
Once they put a toy in a square they could run back to get another one until I said stop. Once I said stop they had to sit down in front of the squares.
We went over all the toys in each square and talked about why the toy was in that square. After we talked about each toy I had the kids finish the activity by bringing the toys back to Grace’s room and put them away in bins.
How did the kids do with this activity?
The kids were so excited to play this activity! They were running around the house laughing and sometimes screaming with excitement. A few times the kids would ask me first before putting a toy in the right square. This provided a great teaching moment.
I was able to talk to them and we would figure it out together. We would look at the other toys in each square to help them figure it out. It was so amazing to watch them do this activity and work together.
What do they learn during this activity
- Classify by size
- Language development
- Problem solving skills
- Team work
- Fine motor skills
- Following directions
Extending this activity is so easy
There are so many things that can be done to extend this fun and easy activity.
- You could have your child practice counting the toys in each square.
- You could have your child compare how many toys are in each square.
This activity was a great way to teach sorting by size! It was also a really fun activity to help the kids learn a skill and have them work together at the same time.
I think I’m going to be do more activities like this with the kids. They absolutely loved it and I know your child will too!
I really like this activity. If we did it, I would need to just use boxes because don’t have a lot of free floor space.