Sorting is a valuable skill because it demonstrates that your Lil’ can see various characteristics and distinguish a pattern based on those characteristics. And of course, as I have said a MILLION times, patterns are the key to math.
We are putting a little spin on this activity by combining hockey and sorting because sorting your medals with a hockey stick is way more fun than using your hands, not to mention a little extra fine motor practice.
Grab a FREE copy of the Hockey Sorting template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Patterns

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

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Patterns

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

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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Hockey Sorting Template

Cardboard

*Craft Stick

*Tape (Optional)

*Glue

*Scissors

Step #1
Print and cut out the Hockey Sorting Template.
Step #2
Glue the medals to a piece of cardboard and cut them out.
Step #3
Lay the hockey nets on a table.

*Tape them down for stability. (optional)

Step #4
Use the craft stick as a hockey stick and push the medals into the corresponding hockey net.
Step #5

If the sorting by size and color at the same time is too much for your Lil’, try sorting using these categories:

  • size: big vs. small
  • color: gold, silver, & bronze

Teacher Tip

Cut the prep work in half for this activity by eliminating the cardboard. This will prevent you from being able to hit the medal with the hockey stick, but it does allow you to get the math portion of this lesson with minimal prep work.

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