## Saturday 12 March 2011

### Montessori Activity: Sorting Numbers/Nummersortering/数字分类 [shù zì fēn lèi ]

Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 10-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Objective(s):
1. To train the child’s fine motor skills
2. To train number recognition

Materials:
1. 1 big bowl of 4 sets of numbers 1-4 number magnets
2. 4 small rice bowls of same colour *
3. 1 tray

* It is important that the colour of the 4 small bowls are the same, so as not to confuse the child that it is number sorting and not colour sorting.

Directions:
1. Demonstrate to your child by sorting one set of the number 1-4 into each of the small bowls first.

2. As you go along, recite the name of the number.

3. Encourage your child to try to sort the other 3 sets of the number 1-4 by putting each of numbersinto the correct bowl allocated for that particular number.

4. Pour back all the numbers into the bid bowl and repeat.

J (24M7D) tried it today. At first, I made the mistakes of using colourful bowls and he got confused. But I changed it to all white rice bowls and he got it right immediately. He really enjoyed it and wanted to play more, but we have to leave for music class. J now recognizes the shape of each number from 1-4, can count from 1-3 rather well and starting to count the 4th item.

Keep it simple and don't overwhelm the child. Try 1-3 for younger toddler or 1-5 for older toddler.

This is a fantastic book providing hands-on guide on Montessori activities that is practical, simple and easy to follow. The book also provides lots of ideas on using simple equipment that you can find at home. I found this idea in this book:

You can also buy the number magnets from Amazon:

6 November 2019 (3Y5M20D): C tried this for the first time today. She could sort them very well. It was also a very good opportunity to teach number recognition. Although she could sort them, I don't think she could recognize the numbers yet.