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Use the search filters below to return results. Keep an eye out for some of my top favorites-- my "BookSmart Picks"-- that are sure to entertain and educate your kids! And, many activities use common materials you likely have at home already. Look for entries marked with the "Common Items" icon to find activities that shouldn't require any purchase.

Marthe Jocelyn

Hannah loves collecting things—barrettes, popsicle sticks, feathers, seashells, and more! She sorts them in different ways, whether by color, shape, or size. But now her teacher has given her an assignment, to bring in just one collection to show the class…

Elisa Kleven

The Puddle Pail stars two crocodile brothers, Sol and younger brother Ernst. Sol loves collecting things, whether it’s rocks, feathers, or rubber bands, and he encourages Ernst to also start a collection of things that he finds interesting. However, Ernst struggles to find interesting items that he can actually collect; what he finds most interesting are the clouds or stars. But, undeterred by his older brother’s confusion, Ernst shows creativity and perseverance…

Dr. Seuss

This Dr. Seuss book meant for early readers asks a series of “Would you rather…” questions, prompting children to think about the differences and do some comparing while also using their imaginations, all skills that will help them in their understanding of sorting and classification. Would your child rather be a dog or a cat? A hammer or a nail? A whale or a minnow? Dr. Seuss uses simple words and rhymes…

Uno

A classic card game! Players race to be the first to get rid of all their cards by matching numbers or colors. Players take turns getting rid of their cards, but the game can easily change with various action cards, like reversing the direction of play or a ‘draw four’ card that forces another player to draw four cards (perfect for when they are just about to get rid of the rest of their cards!)…

In this fun, colorful game, an inventor has built dozens of robot bodies, but needs help matching the heads to the bodies. Using the Robot Randomizer, players determine the attributes of the matching head and search the board for that particular head. With everyone searching at once, it’s a race to find the matching head and score a token…

In this game, players seek out matches based on the value of the cards. It is a math card game that builds visual memory and spatial reasoning— both critical skills for mathematics. And sorting and classifying objects aids in building an understanding of grouping for later math work.

In Guess My Number, players use math vocabulary to ask yes or no questions in order to determine a secret number. There are many ways to differentiate this math card game according to your child’s ability, using vocabulary and understanding of place value at their level.

Classification is a crucial skill for young children to master before number work begins. Sorting and classifying objects aids in building an understanding of grouping for this later number work. Classifying and sorting objects in different ways can also promote flexible thinking, so a variety of responses should be encouraged and discussed.

Stuart J. Murphy

Hankie is a very predictable horse since he tends to do the same things each day. His friends have been watching him and keeping track of his daily patterns so that they can predict what he will do. Each pattern is clearly laid out in a chart…

This cute little muffin tin set is a great way for your little one to practice counting, matching, and sorting. They will also have a fun time using the mini tweezers made for little hands, which as a bonus helps build their fine motor skills…

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