Don’t you want to build a strong foundation for complex math problems right from his early age?

Check out one to one correspondence post, another important and simple pre-math activity.

What I like the best, is that you don’t need any expensive items to teach these math skills.

In fact, sorting comes naturally for younger children. They need not be taught to do so.

Plus, they are self-correcting which Montessori philosophies keep emphasizing.

And hey, they are simple to do with very little prep work and it is so perfect for my lazy Sunday mornings πŸ™‚

Why sorting?

You help your toddler understand that there are same and different objects.

It becomes easy for your toddler to compare and contrast easily.

Your toddler gets the idea of what is less and more (indirectly)

When your child sorts it, it is easy to count, add and divide (later).

What should you keep in mind when sorting?

Start with concrete sorting (real objects) rather than abstract sorting (just printables)

Start with one attribute and then move onto sorting by different attributes. Evolve from easy to hard.

Eg: 1. Sort tomatoes from onions

2. Sort grapes from plums

3.Sort vegetables from fruits. This is called sorting by groups.

Sorting examples and ideas to be inspired

Tactile sorting
Sorting Activities toddler Preschooler Montessori

Rough and Smooth Sorting – Sandpaper and Cardstock

sorting Activities for toddler preschooler

Sorting Currency notes from Coins

Thermic sorting
Sorting toddler preschooler

Pick items from the refrigerator and ask to sort cold and warm ones

Auditory(Sound) sorting
sound box Montessori sorting

Montessori Sound Boxes

Montessori Smell Olfactory Sorting

Smell the coffee beans and sort them from Rajma Beans which look-alike.


Gustatory(Taste) Sorting
montessori Sorting actiities taste

Salt and SugarTaste Sorting

Visual sorting
Sorting activities 5 senses toddler activities

Sort Red and White beans

Paint Chips Sorting montessori Toddler preschooler

Paint Chips Sorting

montessori soerting activity

Lego Sorting

Size Sorting
Size Sorting Toddler montessori

Easy Straw/Pipecleaner Sorting

Size Sorting

Size Sorting

Day and night Sorting

Teaching toddlers day and night activities

Clever Cookie sorted out the day and night skies. Good Job!!

How to extend this activity for an older child?

Use two or more attributes to sort

Use tongs, tweezers or spoons to sort.

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