Have you ever watched your child sort objects into groups without being asked or prompted? Have they divvied up candy on Halloween night, or put their Matchbox cars in groups according to colour? kindergarten kids find sorting and classifying objects fun, because it brings about a sense of organization and accomplishment. And the best news is, all this sorting helps with year one maths and science success. Before sorting, kids make conscious and unconscious guesses about what group might have more or less, and sorting allows them to qualify or disqualify their assumptions.
Kids can sort objects by shape, size, colour, or any other quality. But for beginning students, sorting by colour is a good place to start. This hands-on art activity will help your child work on their sorting skills, and make a beautiful addition to the refrigerator gallery, too!