Sorting activities often appeal to children and many will naturally sort according to qualities and characteristics they visually notice without every being taught.
This fundamental pre-requisite to further mathematical understanding can often be disregarded or ignored as a purely play-based activity that children instinctively engage with.
However, it is important and essential part of beginning mathematical skills and an important part of every child’s developmental journey.
For this activity, we sorted fish according to number.
Students were given six different paper bowls in order to accomplish this.
They were then directed to count different quantities of fish and place them into the match fish bowl.