15 Minutes of Family Fun – Sorting Stones

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Sorting Stones

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Sorting Stones

Date posted: January 7, 2014

Sorting Stones is a language development activity for children from 2 to 5 years of age. So many children like to collect the stones they find outdoors – on a walk, in the garden, at the playground, on the beach. Use this collection as something to talk about, something to count and sort, and something to use to make patterns.

T-Sorting stones

For details on what to do and more ideas on extending this activity, click here. This activity card is also available in Chinese and Punjabi.

Too cold or wet outside to collect rocks now? Use an existing collection of rocks or use other objects, such as buttons, shells, pinecones, shoes or small toys.

Talking together about how things are similar and different (colour, size, shape, weight, texture) helps children learn new words and encourages them to express themselves. Counting, comparing, classifying and sorting, and creating patterns are important for developing reading skills, problem solving skills and an understanding of mathematics.

Family Literacy Day is celebrated on January 27th each year. This year’s theme is 15 Minutes of Fun!

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