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Preschool Matching and Sorting Games

Sorting objects or toys according to size helps children develop their intellect. These lessons are not only fun, but are building blocks for later learning. Montessori used sorting, matching and classifying as a means to academic learning in math, reading and science. Matching and sorting help with problem solving and categorizing. skills

The ability to visually recognize patterns is helpful to understand our language patterns in speaking and writing. Sorting, matching and sequencing are a way for a child to recognize differences and similarities visually.

Use these educational printouts of animals and seeds by matching and sorting under each item on the template, from left to right and top to bottom.

Here are some educational lessons about matching and sorting puzzles:

  1. Noticing different shapes or patterns helps children categorize.
  2. Discriminating items from smallest to largest helps with math concepts of less and more.
  3. Sorting and matching are muscle and mind exercises.
  4. Understanding sequencing from smallest to largest, or largest to smallest, enable children to discern subtle differences.
  5. Using the material from left to right fosters with reading and writing skills in many cultures.
  6. Matching and sorting helps a child to use logic which aids in academic learning.


virginia yañez

posted at 6:02 a.m. on February 3, 2009

Spanish is my native language and I think I could take more advantage of this articles if they were written in Spanish. Don't you think about publishing the page in spanish? Thank you for all, I love MontessoriMum. Sincerely, Eng. Virginia Yañez _Montessori Mom responds_ What a good idea! I love the Spanish language and will translate some the printouts to Spanish. My my Spanish is very rusty, but I'll try my best to bring in more Spanish onto the site.

Carina Gardner

posted at 5:08 p.m. on August 8, 2009

Hi, Virginia, como tu mi idioma es espanol, si en algo te puedo ayudar, lo hare con gusto. Trabajo para una academia de Montessori y enseno un poquito de espanol en prescolar. Hi, Like you mi native language is Spanish, if there is anything that I can hel with, just let me know. I also work for a Montesori Academy teaching a little bit of Spanish in preschool.

parental advice

posted at 1:04 a.m. on July 16, 2013

Recent studies found out that Sorting Games help children to develop their intellect. It also helps them to develop problem solving skills, categorizing skills, math learning skills etc. Good to hear that Montessori have started using it. Thanks for sharing some examples of it. I will refer this to my friends and relatives.

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