Montessori Sorting Activities
“Sorting is an open ended activity with many variations. It can be as simple as sorting a bowl of coins into smaller bowls of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.” Other possibilities include: pasta shapes, beads, pom-poms, beans, paper clips, and many other common household items. Please remember to supervise children when small objects are being used, as objects can be choking hazards.
The Direct Purpose of Sorting Activities
“Learning to recognize commonalities and differences among objects in our world helps a child create more organized patterns of thought and information retrieval.” The sorting activities that children use in Montessori allow them to “experience the satisfaction of creating order out of chaos; and learn about classifying objects based on common physical properties”. Both visual discrimination and stereognostic perception become developed as the children work towards more challenging sorting activities.
The Indirect Purpose of Sorting Activities
Sorting activities can prepare children for future math concepts; “sets and groups are easily visualized when sorting”. Science activities can be explored by “grouping objects or living things according to properties such as magnetism, flotation, type of substance, and biological categories”.
Learn More about Sorting
If you use Montessori activities at home with your children, or would like to expand and improve your sorting activities for your students at school, we highly recommend Montessori At Home!