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Sorting Mailboxes

Posted on 04/23/20 by Amanda in Early Childhood

The mail is sorted many times over before it makes its way to our mailboxes. Create your own sorting mailboxes with any boxes you may have laying around!

This fun sorting activity can be adjusted to provide hours of fun, over multiple days! Sorting is an important skill for preschoolers to develop, as it allows for flexible thinking and builds executive function skills. The photo above shows the boxes being used as shape sorters, but you could create all types.

Shape Sorting Mailbox

Label each box with a shape. You can begin with the basics - circle, square, triangle, rectangle - or get fancy with a trapezoid, octagon, or hexagon. Cut paper into matching shapes. To really make this feel like "mail" sorting, you can add addresses to the shapes, but this is optional.

Size Sorting Mailbox

Label your boxes with small, medium, large. For younger children, use the physical shapes and words to show size (a small circle, medium circle, large circle). Provide different size shapes or actual mail of varying sizes for sorting.

Number Sorting Mailbox

Label your boxes with ranges of numbers (1-3, 4-6, 7-9) and ask your child to match the first or last number of the street address to the correct box. Your "mail" could just be strips of paper! This will challenge some, but is helpful to cementing the ideas of ordinal numbers (first, second, last).

Word Sorting Mailbox

This time, label the boxes with common words found in street addresses - drive, road, court, lane. Fill out your "mail" to show a variety of words, encouraging letter recognition and pre-reading.

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