As parents, you definitely want your children to be able to play with toys that are both entertaining and beneficial for their development. Sorting toys are just what you need! They'll keep your children entertained while teaching them valuable lessons in shapes, colours, numbers and more. It doesn't get much better than this!
About Sorting Toys
Sorting or sorter toys are some of the best early developmental toys for kids at a very young age. They have been around for many years and evolved in various forms like shapes, colours, animal figures and many more. These playsets usually consist of a container with a hole or indented slots in which a corresponding piece fits. The objective is for your child to find which pieces fit into their matching slot on the container.
How do sorters help a child’s early development?
There are many benefits of introducing educational toys such as sorters to kids at a very young age. Sorters are designed to pique your child’s interest and attention as most of these playsets come in brightly coloured pieces and fun shapes and teach essential skills like basic problem solving, turn-taking, communication, cause and effect relationship, fine motor and many more. You wouldn’t be surprised to find sorters in every nursery or playroom because of the benefits they provide to a child’s early development. Some of the sorters are categorized differently and often named as shape sorter toys and many others toys like activity cubes.
As children grow older, they need more skills to be able to function and do basic things like cloth themselves or tie their shoelaces. To prepare them for these basic tasks, you need playsets that are equal parts fun and educational like sorters. For example, you need hand-eye coordination in order to tie shoelaces or use scissors. When children play with a sorter, they use one hand to hold onto the container while the other to fit the pieces into the indented slot. Sorters are also a good teaching tool for basic math like counting. There are sorters that use numbers as sorter pieces which would be great in teaching your child how to count. You and your child can also count together how many slots are there on the sorter container. Since most of these sorters come in bright colours, you can also teach your kids their basic colours using these sorters.
These sorters also help build your child's problem-solving skills, cognitive skills, pattern recognition and concentration. As mentioned earlier, the main objective of sorters is for the child to find the right pieces to fit into the corresponding slot on the container. This objective acts as the main problem of which the child needs to solve. In order to solve or complete a sorter, children need to concentrate and identify the right pieces using pattern recognition and cognitive skills.
How can you make the most out of sorters?
We looked online and gathered some of the best tips on how to make the most out of sorters. Here are some of the best tips we found:
- You can hide the sorter pieces around your child’s nursery and ask them to find a particular sorter piece. Once your child finds the sorter piece ask them to name that particular piece before fitting it into the sorter container.
- When your child has difficulty fitting a sorter piece into the container, explain why it does not fit and turn the sorter piece accordingly to fit it into the sorter container.
- Teach your child how to follow directions. Ask them to place a sorter piece into the sorter container according to your instructions.
- You and your child can take turns in placing the sorter pieces into the corresponding slot which encourages them to be patient and introduces the idea of turn-taking.