Sorting and grouping is a fairly simple activity for young children, a necessary skill to learn, and there are many ways to practice it.
One day we dug into Daddy's box of Lucky Charms and picked out some of the marshmallows. Mini Me sorted them into lines, grouping like shapes together. It was a little tricky because the marshmallows kept sticking to his hands. When everything was sorted, we counted the items in each line and then ate the marshmallows (a very, very special treat) by the shortest line first.
Another day I got out our memory game and selected about 10 sets of cards. We sorted them into groups of food, animals, and balls. Mini Me was quick to finish and wanted to do more so I got out the rest of the cards - 60 in all. He started to decide the labels for the groups and we added 'things we find outside', 'toys', 'girl things' (a tiara and bow) and 'things in the closet' (a light bulb) to our grouping. He did a fantastic job sorting all 60 cards. When it was all finished, he started asking me comprehension questions: "Mommy, which line is the longest?" "Which line is the littlest?" I was amazed! The little guy remembered when we did that after sorting the Lucky Charms.
Once again, we practiced another skill under the guise of a game - sneaky, sneaky Mommy.