Play Time: Mix and Match

Sorting games are a wonderful way to improve our children’s vocabularies, as well as visual and verbal memories. These work spectacularly for children from the age of around 18 months and older. Our homes are full with possibilities to sort, resort, arrange and organize things while letting our little ones learn through participation in these activities.

Get the kids involved in all the sorting chores. In the laundry department, you can encourage the children in your care to assist you sorting clothes into groups. Socks, underwear, tops, towels etc. or you can encourage them to help put the different categories of items in the appropriate drawers and cupboards, or into groups depending on which family member they belong to. They can also assist you in sorting out the laundry for the washing machine into white, light and dark- colored piles.

Then there are also shoes and socks. You know the ones your little one can never find to put on when it’s time to leave the house or you are running 5 minutes late. Help your toddler to sort shoes and socks into pairs. They will have a better idea of where to find them next time you are running late.

The same can be said for when it’s time to clean up, especially in play areas. What a grand opportunity. Together you can sort toys into containers or locations. Get them to help you put the crayons in their boxes or have some fun and get them to match up crayons by color. For older children, one can sort cutlery into compartmentalized trays.

Chat as you are sorting together. Describe the items, their colors, numbers and names. In no time your little one may be more organized than you are.

Written by: Bianca Steyn

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