Monday, January 23, 2012

Sorting by Weight

Last week we sorted by temperature, and we're sorting items by weight. Ty has likes telling us when things are "heavy", though we haven't talked a lot about things that are "light".  

This old cologne bottle seems kinda heavy!

This lock is certainly heavy!

This soup can is heavy while the puffball is light...

I made labels for each category to sort into, marking "heavy" and "light". He's getting more accustomed to sorting without putting the objects inside of something else and doesn't seem to have much trouble remembering which label says what. I'm making labels different colors right now to help him with that ,so even if he can't "read" the word, he can remember which color is connected with which category. 

He thought he was very funny to pick up the tissue and call it "heeaavvvvy!". He enjoys playing jokes on me lately.

Items we used:

Heavy: Candle votive, can of soup, lock, empty cologne bottle

Light: Q-tip, plastic cocktail stirrer, puff ball, foam circle, tissue, soft baby block (to also show that something big can be light)


  1. Great idea, Jen! There are so many activities that can be used to work on differences in weight without having the traditional Montessori materials. Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  2. I am your newest follower and just pinned your idea. Thanks for sharing. : )

    BTW I am hosting a bloghop where bloggers can share their fun, frugal, kid-activities. Please consider linking up.