Learning to sort is an essential skill for preschoolers to learn for literacy and math development. These 20+ sorting activities for preschoolers are great to include in your early childhood lesson plans. Not only will they help preschoolers and kindergarteners learn to sort by color, shape, and size but will also provide excellent fine motor skill practice.
Sorting for Preschoolers
Kids naturally love to sort and it’s easy to see why, sorting makes life easier. There are so many natural opportunities to sort in our daily lives and it can help us feel organized and prepared. Can you imagine if sorting wasn’t a thing?
We sort clothes, silverware, items in our cabinets, and toys in our room. The library is full of sorted books and the grocery store is full of sorted foods. Teaching our children to sort is a life skill that will be used over and over again.
We’ve collected some fantastic activities that work on all sorts of sorting – color, shape, size, or atrribute and perfect prek sorting activities. Whether you use sorting mats, sorting buttons, or pom-poms, there are so many ways to use these activities for sorting.
FAQs About Teaching Sorting to Preschoolers
The best way to teach young children to sort is by starting with simple activities such as sorting objects of one color into a pile. Once children are able to do this with ease you can have them start sorting objects with different attributes.
Sorting helps children learn essential early literacy and math skills, fine motor practice, and executive function skills that they will use throughout adulthood.
It is important to include a variety of activities in your sorting lesson plans. Some good learning activities would be: sorting by color, matching color, comparing, ordering, classifying, and sorting by size and shape.
Don’t Forget the Picture Books!
There are so many amazing picture books that focus on math concepts and skills. I have hand-selected some of my favorite sorting books for your preschoolers.
Math Activities for Preschool Sorting
We hope these more than 20 fun sorting activities for preschoolers help them develop math, literacy, and fine motor skills. These skills are important for kindergarten and beyond.
Materials For Teaching Sorting to Preschoolers
You can use materials from around the clasroom or house to teach sorting, but using these fun math manipulatives makes learning to sort fun and engaging. Plus, it makes preparing your sorting lessons so simple!
I am an educator, book enthusiast, and a stay at home momma to two precious and long-awaited littles. My degree is in Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction and I have spent the last 15 years working with young children. I feel very fortunate to have this time to watch my babies grow and I can’t wait to share my passion for learning and reading with you!