SORTING, CLASSIFYING, AND COUNTING
Clothing is a perfect way to express your unique personality. There are many features of clothes that make them unique. This led to one of our questions, what are the features of clothes? Each child stood up and showed the class features on their outfit. We discussed pockets, buttons, logos, shapes, colors, and size. I asked them, “Do you think everyone wears the same size clothes?” Most of them said yes, so I tried to put on one of their jackets and had them put on my jacket. They all laughed and we decided to put the clothes in order: small, medium, and large.
The children also learned a variety of ways to measure items. Through the essential process skills of problem solving, reasoning, communicating, making connections, and representing, children learn mathematics content. In groups of two the boys and girls measured the length of clothing items. We used a tape measure, ruler, blocks, and our feet. We then put the clothing items in descending order. The children had fun!
We then discussed how to classify buttons in our sensory bin. The children had a chance to sift through rice to look for buttons. Once they found a button, they used a tong to put it into the matching colored container. Working with tongs helps children learn to grasp and release objects using fingers and hands. It also helps by using both hands together and often coordinating these movements with the eyes. This requires hand and finger strength and dexterity.
As you can see, there are a lot of fun educational activities to do with clothing.