Alphabet sorting trays
What you need
- A range of Gratnells trays
- Some printed letter cards – ours are from Yellow Door
- A classroom/home full of objects safe for children to move and sort into trays
What you do
- Arrange your Gratnells trays on the floor or table and assign each one a letter of the alphabet.
- In small groups or individually, chose a letter for each child or group of children and allow them to move around the room, filling their tray with objects that start with the letter that they’ve been given. You may want to place some easy to identify objects around the room for younger groups.
- Once the trays are full, each group or individual can discuss what they’ve found with the group and other children can input any other ideas they have.
What you learn
This task will allow children to practice letter recognition and phonics, as well as expanding their vocabulary. Sorting activities are very good for allowing children to explore the environment around them and builds their confidence in identifying and organising items into groups based on different characteristics. This task in particular lends itself to teamwork and encourages the children to communicate, not only among their assigned group, but also when they come back together as a whole class to discuss their findings.
Health and Safety
As with all Gratnells Learning Rooms What’s In My Tray Activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any of the activities with children.