May 12, 2017 Sugirdha 0Comment

While looking for ideas to teach children about materials, I stumbled upon this simple game to teach even younger kids. It’s never too early to start introducing your children to learning and in this game, I put together two of my daughter’s most favourite things. Toys and sorting.

This activity is very simple. All you need is a basket of toys, some bins or containers to sort into and the willing hands of a little learner.

Gather materials (toys)

Find containers to sort toys into

Sort things according to material

Types of materials

I kept the materials simple because it was put together for my ‘just turned 2’ toddler. If you’re planning for a preschooler, you might want to add more variety in things. Walk around the house looking for items instead of gathering just toys.

We used

  1. Paper (Think board books)
  2. Rubber
  3. Plastic
  4. Metal (We used a triangle but you could get any jingle toys with metal parts. Or leave it out if you find metal unsafe for your active child.
  5. Wooden
  6. Fabric (soft toys, fabric books)

Further ideas

When teaching older kids, remember to add the following materials too

  • Glass
  • Ceramic

And take it a step further with our Material property testing master sheet (coming soon. Check this space for more.)

For younger kids, the key is to repeat. The more you do it, the more that they’ll learn.

What do you think about this simple activity? Let me know in the comments below.

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