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Sorting and Counting
   What Goes Together?


Together go around the house and find items with different colours.

Tip: Name the colours and count each item you find e.g., one yellow pencil, 3 white pieces of paper, 4 black shoes, 1 red cup, etc. 



Using the items found around the house, sort them by colours into separate groups.  

Tip: Create paper labels or use coloured bowls to hold the sorted items.


Using the collected and sorted items, choose a handful of items from two separate groups.

Tip: Write down how many items they have in each colour sorted group.  For a challenge, help them add two colour sorted group items together.

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Why is this important?

Everyday activities like counting, sorting, matching, observing shapes, and conversation about sizes can benefit children to develop early number skills.

Reference: Hannula-Sormunen, M. M., Lehtinen, E., & Räsänen, P. (2015). Preschool children’s spontaneous focusing on numerosity, subitizing, and counting skills as predictors of their mathematical performance seven years later at school. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 17(2-3), 155-177. DOI: 10.1080/10986065.2015.1016814

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