Preschool Activity- Help Sort and Categorize Your Cupboards

Preschool Activity- Help Sort and Categorize Your Cupboards


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Help your children learn essential math and life skills such as sorting and categorizing with ease by using these hands-on tasks. One great way to teach sorting and categorizing is to let your child help you organize the can cupboard, her sock drawer, or her toy box.

What You Need:

  • Can cupboard
  • Cans

What You Do:

  1. Explain to your child that she is going to be in charge of the family’s cans.
  2. Pull all of the cans out of the cupboard.
  3. Explain that she needs to classify or group the cans that have something in common.
  4. Instruct your child to organize the cans on the countertop. Ask her to explain how she is organizing the cans, identifying what parts are alike.
  5. Make necessary adjustments to her categorization.
  6. Have her put the cans back in the cupboard in categories.

Repeat these steps with your child’s sock drawer and toy box, and watch your child become neater!

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Cynthia Tait

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