Sorting activities such as this one help build early math and critical thinking skills.
- Paper scraps in any color
- Glue (optional)
- 2 pieces of paper (more are optional)
- Marker or pen
- Write "Big" and "Little" on the two pieces of paper. For advanced learning, add additional pieces of paper for sorting. You could number them or include the words: Medium, Extra Big, Tiny, etc.
- Rip or cut up the paper scraps in various sizes. You can also adjust the level of difficulty. The pieces can be very different in size or closer in size.
- You can also include your child in preparing this part of the activity and have them cut pieces too!
- Once the paper is in lots of pieces, your child can begin to sort by size.
- To help them get started, pick up a piece of paper and ask, “Hmmm...what size is this? Is it big? Or, is it little?”
- Your child can also turn this into a collage by gluing the pieces.
- Let your child continue to sort until there are no papers left or they have had enough.
Jamie Reimer learned to be a hands-on mom by creating activities, crafts and art projects for her three boys. She shares them on Hands on As We Grow. Jamie is taking this creative outlet as a way to get through the early years of parenting with a smile!
Iowa PBS STEAM Activities and Crafts provided by PBS KIDS Parents.