Sunday, February 13, 2011

How Many Ways Can You Sort?

This week in our sort envelope we had some farm animals. We discovered different ways we could sort.

By animal....

By color....

 By both animal and color....

One guy said he was sorting by where the animals are on the farm. "Ducks are in the pond, so this is the pond," he said.

(Another guy asked, "Can we play with them, too?" Of course! We don't just have to sort them!)

Thinking about things in different ways helps stretch thinking and encourages kids to look for lots of possibilities - and not just one right answer to a problem.


  1. Sorting is such an ordered activity Scott. I think it just goes to show that children do like to have order in their lives ... order they have control over that is ... with the freedom to change that order around!
    Donna :) :)

  2. I think you're right, Donna. Sometimes I wish things in life could be so easily ordered! :)

  3. Children are so fascinated by making groupings and patterning with sorting sets. I love the idea of sorting by where they live on the farm :)