Children sort and re-sort each other, based on various attributes. This activity involves an open sort in which the categories can include a wide range of attributes that must be identified and described by the sorter.
Do the children in your classroom know each other’s names? At winter break, are they still pointing to “that girl.” Doing activities in the early weeks of school that use the children’s own names will do wonders for building your classroom community. At the same time, you can be doing math—as well as literacy!