Sorting is a very important skill for our preschoolers to develop; it’s a precursor to success in math and science.

Sorting requires our preschoolers look at a set of objects or ideas and to categorize those sets based on their features. That means our preschoolers must be able to recognize details and patterns.

Today’s activity will have a preschooler sorting the different beings that Jack gets from his beanstalk based on their looks.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Patterns

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

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Patterns

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

Required Materials

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Beans

Step #1

Lay out a handful of beans. Make sure you have at least two different types of beans.

Step #2

Sort the beans based on their physical attributes.

Step #3

The more types of beans you add to this, the harder this activity will be as they will be more categories to choose from.

Teacher Tip

You can use an ice cube tray or small bowls to hold the beans you have sorted.

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