Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Pre-Maths with our Sensory Sorting Tub

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Sensory Sorting Tub

I know it looks like a tray of colourful junk... oh wait, it is a tray of colourful junk? That may be but it will lead to some sensory stimulating pre-maths skills. 

I saw this post on developing early maths skills from Mommy With Selective Memory and with three toddlers and no planned activities one day, decided it was time to throw something together and call it educational!

toddler maths sorting

I had in mind that the kiddos would probably want to sort by colour, but I also added in different textures, sizes, materials and uses so they could go with whatever took their fancy, and if they weren't into sorting, there's still a lot of sensory bits and bobs to play around with.

I used magnet letters, cotton reels, cookie cutters, our Rainbow Colour Matching Sticks, felt shapes, a foam xylophone, plastic tongs and some Tactile Exploration Cards

preschool learning maths

They were all really into this tray and played with it for almost 35 minutes - yes, three 2 year olds sitting in the same place playing with the same thing! I think it might have been all the bright colours and because they are used to seeing all these elements separately it was something new to see them mixed up.

toddler sorting sensory tray

p.s. obviously I have a lot of colourful junk in my house, but you could use natural elements (sticks, stones, leaves, conkers, pinecones), food stuff (dried beans, rice, pasta, nuts and seeds) or art supplies (cut up straws, pipecleaners, pom poms, crayons) - the idea is that the kids will want to sort, sequence and categorise so you just need to provide enough stuff for them to take the lead!


  1. This is so much fun! So bright and colorful, and so many ways to play!

  2. I love this idea! Thanks ofr linking up to Tuesday Tots!

  3. wow! that is a great time span for little one's attention! and what's neat about it is that there are so many ways they can play with it. they aren't pigeon-holed into a right/wrong answer! i love all of that colorful stuff! your top picture would actually make a cool print for a playroom. thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday! i hope to see you again this week!

  4. I loved this so much I had to make one for my boys! I blogged about (and linked back to you). Thanks so much!

  5. Thanks for this :) it inspired me to make a maths box for my 3 year old


  6. Group assigner: take an input, mod N, and you have it tagged as a group from 0 to N-1. This group can be agreed upon by any number of parties — for example, different servers that know N = 20 can agree what group ID=57 belongs to. help me with maths

  7. That's full of colorful!!! I want it. Thanks...


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