Sorting Activities for Preschoolers

Yesterday I posted about Matching Activities, and today I have a list of Sorting Activities.  Some of the sorting and matching activities are interchangeable, but for the most part I tried to have new activities on this post.  Like I said in my last post, many of these ideas you can definitely make into DIY projects.

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Alphabet Soup Sorters-this could be an easy DIY if you have containers you need to repurpose

Food Groups-Melissa Doug Toys have great quality. I like the wood toys.

Food Groups

Beginning Sound Sort

Sorting Bears with Cups

Sorting Nests-sort by color, size




Goods and Services

Animal Counters-there are a lot of different types of animals you can get. Sort by color, animal, size.

Color Sorting Magnets

Vowel Sounds

Veggie Farm Sorting Set-Sort by colors, numbers, or shapes

Sort in the Box-sort by shape, pattern, animals

Sorting Pie



Colored objects

Person, Place, Thing

  • Seasonal activities or clothes-take pictures, or find flash cards to sort.
  • Kids – Find pictures of different kids and sort by different characteristics (i.e., boys and girls, short and tall, long and short hair, color of clothes, happy and sad, etc.)
  • Texture – Find different objects around the house and sort them according to how they feel.
  • Quantity – Take pictures of objects, and sort by how many objects are in the picture.
  • Size – Sort random objects by size
  • Weight – Light as a feather or Heavy as a brick
  • Smell – Make smelling bottles, and they can sort according to what they think they are.
  • Likes/Dislikes – Have your child make piles of pictures of things they like and don’t like.
  • Hot/Cold – Microwave objects and put objects in the freezer, then when it’s time for the activity, they can be sorted.
  • Money/Wallet – Put the paper money in a wallet, and the coins in a coin purse.

I’d love to hear some of your ideas! Post them in the comment section.

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