The scientific concept of classification is fun to explore with preschoolers!
Today's Topic: Sorting (or Classification)
sets of things you have on hand (I used buttons, bottle caps, puppets, blocks, foam letters, some dyed noodles I had from a past project, magnetic wooden shapes)
containers to sort them into (I used ice cube trays, egg cartons, and buckets)
Same same / Jocelyn, Marthe
Where I found inspiration:
What Kids Do: sort by color
sort by shape
And sorting by type:
--I spent a lot of time talking with the kids about how we can sort groups of things in many different ways (e.g. the puppets could be sorted by animal, but could also be sorted by color (orange/not orange, striped / not striped) or by where you find them (farm / zoo)) and I'm glad I had that conversation, but the sorts that kids did were more visibly obvious divisions. I'd love to know if some of the families today continued this activity at home and how long (probably in weeks/months?) it would take before kids began to sort by more abstract methods without an adult directly coaching them to do so.
--This topic could also easily count as a "math" topic. I love STEM skills that overlap!
Variations to try:--If you'd like to introduce the concept of charting results, try giving each kid a blank template that looks something like this: