Exercises
Sorting and classifying is a key maths skill for preschoolers to master before moving on to higher-level concepts. This guided lesson teaches kids to sort objects and identify what doesn't belong. Each exercise aims to engage preschoolers in order to build a positive relationship to learning and make early maths a joyful occasion. When finished with the lesson, check out our sorting and classifying worksheets.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
Same And Different SongDinosaur, dinosaur, dinosaur...caveman? Learn the concept of "same and different" with this sorting song that sings about silly groups.
Cocoa Color Sorting

CuzCuz and Birdee are ready for a tasty treat, and they need your kid's help to sort their hot cocoa toppings. Kids must sort the red treats from the white treats, honing critical classification skills while getting practise with both identifying colors and sorting items by colour. Build on these essential skills at the end, when your child will get practise counting and identifying which mug has more or less.

Spot the SwansDucks and swans splash playfully in this sweet sorting game. But can your child tell which is which? In this reception maths game, kids must find the white swans among the yellow ducks in the lake. They need to be quick! In each round, the swans move faster, so your kid's hand-eye coordination must be sharp.
Which One Doesn't Belong?Which one doesn't belong? Your preschoolers will find out with this fun interactive maths game! With this resource, children get practise sorting and categorizing shapes, numbers, letters and more as they determine which image isn't like the others. They'll look at four pictures of which three have similar attributes and select the one that is different. This maths game provides an engaging way to help children classify objects and builds the foundation for more complex concepts such as grouping and data collection.
Sorting at the ZooWhat do whales, jellyfish, and swordfish have in common? How about lions, gorillas, and giraffes? In this interactive sorting and categorizing game, children will get to flex their budding maths and comparison skills. Young zoologists will sort land animals, water animals, and people into like categories by moving them to their correct places in the zoo scene. They then are asked to determine which category has the most items. Sorting at the zoo is a great way to help preschoolers understand how maths, data, and categories fit into their everyday lives.
What Doesn't Belong?

It's a good thing that classrooms aren't usually this out of sorts. It sure would be hard to get any work done with all of those crazy creatures and food items lying around. Your student's observational skills will get a workout as they pick out and click on all the things that look out of place in this classroom scene. Your students will use logic and reasoning abilities to help them practise classifying objects.

The Platypus

Kids take a journey through the day in the life of a little platypus, who uses his observational skills to find his family in this interactive story. Perfect for helping kids master categorization and classification, this maths story touches on important "same and different" concepts that help kids build essential early maths skills. Plus, children will love the whimsical artwork, unfamiliar animals, and sweet sentiment to boot.

Guess Who Ice CreamLearning's always more fun when ice cream is involved. Learn how to sort and categorize in this Guess Who-style sorting game.

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