Leaves size-sorting sensorial kids activity promotes classification and visual discrimination skills in toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners.
Sorting leaves by size is an excellent visual discrimination exercise! Besides, you get to venture outdoors and enjoy nature. (Please, note you can use green leaves as well! The colors are merely aesthetic in this activity.) And the best part, you can modify it to sort anything ~ follow your child’s interest! So, let’s go collect some leaves to bring the size-sorting kids activity to life!
Leaves Size-Sorting Kids Activity
Note On Labels
I purposefully used the word “BIG” because I also wanted to emphasize the SIZE of the words themselves, so the word “large” would not have fit. But feel free to use the words interchangeably.
- recycled cardboard
- a marker
- leaves of various sizes (green leaves work too)
Leaves Size-Sorting Kids Activity Video Tutorial
Leaves Size-Sorting Kids Activity Instructions
First, decide on the size of big, medium, and small leaves. Choose and place a sample of each size in their corresponding columns. [Since all sizes are relative to each other, I suggest starting with a specimen, which establishes a point of reference.]
Then, pick a random leaf. Compare it to a big leaf by hovering it over the big leaf. If the size is similar, place your leaf next to the big leaf under the BIG column.
However, if the size is drastically different, compare your leaf to a small leaf by laying a comparing leaf over the small leaf. If the size matches, place that leaf in that “small” column. If it does not match, compare it to the middle-sized leaf.
Keep comparing leaves to the ones already sorted into columns when deciding where to sort your leaf.
Leaves Size-Sorting Kids Activity | Skills At Play
– hand-eye coordination
– fine motor control & dexterity
– visual discrimination
– sorting and classifying
– language development: big, medium, small
Visual Discrimination Size
When children begin learning about size skills such as big/medium/small or tall/short, and they begin comparing them (for example, “this is smaller than that; I am taller than her”), they explore concepts of measurement. This is a very fundamental and important skill to learn to understand that items have attributes that can be measured.
Typically, children learn length first, then weight. In the early years, one of the best ways to teach about measurement and size is through hands-on learning activities and sorting. Young children first learn to compare object sizes by perception – despite whether the objects look the same or different. Thereafter, children learn to compare by placing the objects next to each other ~ also called a tactile approach.
Finally, when children understand measurement attributes and can compare those, they are ready to apply this sizing discrimination knowledge to other areas of disciplines, such as math, practical life, science, and so forth.
Leaves Size-Sorting Kids-Activity
Have you tried sorting leaves by size? Regardless if you live in temperate region to witness the deciduous trees change color, this activity can be fun with green tropical leaves of different sizes as well.