It has been a while since I’ve talked about the importance of sorting. Sorting is a math skill as it requires your Lil’ to identify characteristics of a set of items and organize them by those characteristics. This is a requisite skill to patterns which are the holy grail of math (if you ask me). The great thing about sorting is that you can do it with almost anything and it is actually a practical skill. Think about your house; your laundry is sorted by the type of clothes, your cabinets are sorted by the type of dishes, and your Lil’s toys are likely sorted by category too. This means you can incorporate sorting into your everyday activities and put your Lil’ to work with some laundry sorting!
If you’d rather work on sorting with some superheroes go ahead and play along with this activity.
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Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Patterns

  • Sort objects based on two characteristics; size, color, shape, texture, or weight

Measurement

  • Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Patterns

  • Sort objects based on two characteristics; size, color, shape, texture, or weight

Measurement

  • Describe and compare objects using general measurements such as heavy, light, full, empty, big, small, short, tall, long, always, never, sometimes

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Big and Little Hero Sort

*Scissors

Step #1
Print and cut out the Big and Little Hero Template.

*Lil’ Creators- Encourage your Lil’ to cut at least one page of the template on their own so they can work on scissor skills.

Step #2
Place all of the heroes in one pile.
Step #3
Invite your Lil’ sort the heroes into two categories; big and little. You can add labels (big & little) if you want. Talk with your Lil’ about what they are doing while they are working or provide commentary for them if they aren’t ready to talk while they work.

Teacher Tip

Extend this activity by finding new ways to sort the heroes. You can sort them by the colors of their outfit, so all heroes with red on go in one pile and the heroes without red go in another pile. You could also sort by gender or if the hero wears a mask.

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