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One of the earliest math skills that a child will learn is the ability to sort and classify objects.
More often than not, they won’t even realize that they’re learning this skill.
As far as they’re concerned, they’re simply playing when they sort their toys by color and size, but this is actually an incredibly important skill.
Thankfully, its also a very easy skill to practice and this color sorting jelly bean activity is the perfect way to practice it this spring.
Jelly Bean Color Sorting
There are a number of things that are synonymous with spring and the Easter holiday may be one of the biggest.
From the bunnies and the eggs to the baskets and the jelly beans, there are so many things that not only scream spring, but that can be used for learning as well.
Take those jelly beans, for example.
They’re all typically the same size and shape, but they come in a rainbow of colors, making them the perfect manipulative to practice sorting.
Why Practice Sorting?
Sorting is not only an important math skill, its one that teaches children to notice similarities and differences.
They can then use these newfound characteristics to group like objects together and mastering this step is what will start them on the path to thinking critically and applying logical thinking to other objects in their environment.
More Easter Themed Activities
- Bunny Prints Letter Matching
- Pin the Tail on the Bunny
- Easter Peep Lacing Cards
- Easter Cutting Practice
A color sorting activity like this one allows them to focus on a single attribute and practice classifying the jelly beans based on that one attribute.
Preparing the Color Sorting Jelly Beans
This color sorting jelly bean activity contains six large jars with colored lids and four matching colored jelly beans for each jar.
To prep for your students, you’ll need to cut out each of the jelly beans and the jars, run them all through your laminator, and add Velcro dots to each of them.
Talk to your students about matching and sorting the colors and then let them have a go at sorting the colored jelly beans into the correct jars.