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Matching and sorting objects
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Every child needs to learn how objects are similar to and different from each other. Matching and sorting objects helps teach a child to pay attention to important similarities and differences.
To help your child learn how to match objects
Put 2 different objects — like a spoon and a pan — in front of your child and let him explore them. Then give him a third object that is like one of the first 2 objects. Ask him to find the 2 objects that are shaped the same.
Ask your child to match objects that are the same size or color, or that make the same sound, or have the same feel.
Cut a hole in a box that is the same shape as a simple toy. Then ask your child to find the same shape to put in the box.
To help your child learn how to sort objects
Make a hole in a box and then ask your child to find all the toys that are small enough to go through the hole into the box.
Make a game of putting similar
objects together in a pile.
Make a shape puzzle. Cut out shapes — like circles and squares — from a piece of strong cardboard. Help your child fit them back into the correct places. When he can do this, try harder shapes, like triangles and stars.