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Kindle classification skills by asking for help sorting household objects.

You'll Need

  • Baskets, bins or muffin tins
  • Objects of different colors and sizes, such as colored cereals, different berries, or toy animals

Learning Stages

By Candace Lindemann
Children's Author & Education Consultant

Candace Lindemann is a published children’s writer and educational consultant. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can also find Candace blogging at While Candace’s degrees prepared her for a career in education, she’s found that the best preparation for parenting is on-the-job training.

Ask your child for "help" sorting objects into baskets or bins. You can suggest sorting them by type of object, color or size, or let your child come up with his or her own classification. As your toddler gains classification and fine motor skills, you can use a muffin tin and smaller toys or objects (for toddlers who no longer "mouth" objects) or pieces of different types of cereal.