I have been saving a big bag of shells for a while now, not really sure what to do with it. Since we are enjoying Ocean Week, I thought it would be fun to do a little classifying. If you are not familiar with the term classifying, it’s a fancy word for sorting. 😉 Big M classifies objects as he plays. Arranging cars, trucks and planes in many different categories. I was hoping to give Little M some sorting practice with this activity. . .and we were successful!
what you need: shells ~ chalk
When Little M was done (it didn’t take very long for her to move on) she did some very cool things with the shells and chalk.
and then arranged shells to fit. I didn’t see if she drew the shape first or arranged the shells first and then traced them. She took the shells out over and over. Trying out new shells and moving them around until they fit. It was like a homemade puzzle.
Questions (to ask your little one): “What similarities can you find between these to shells? What differences?” “Are there other ways you can sort these shells?” “How would it look if we used size to classify our shells?”
Tips (to maximize learning): 1. Little M moved on from this activity rather quickly, but before she did she learned how to sort the same objects in different ways. I may not see where she uses that new skill, but I know that she will. Maybe she will sort her jewelry or art supplies. But when she does it will be because she has initiated it and her attention will be focused for a very long time. 2. Remember that kids learn best when they are steering their learning. Even though I set lessons, I am flexible to move off course at any time.
Have you done any classifying lately? Tell me all about it!
This post is a part of the Ocean lesson plan.