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Language and Communication Developing the skill of sorting items into categories  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities will help your child sort items into different categories. A category is a group of items that have a similar feature, e.g. dog and cat are both animals. These activities can help support children who have word finding difficulties.

You may find the following information sheets useful:

Word Finding Difficulties

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Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Using and Applying
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP42
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Language comprehension
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Standard 2
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Sorting items by category

- Printable category cards

- Printable category picture cards:

- animals

- body parts

- clothes

- food

- toys

- transport

Or use a seletion of your own real objects or pictures. 

1. Print and cut out the large category cards and the small picture cards.

2. Start by sorting items from teo different categories.

3. Place the picture cards from the categories face down. Explain to your child you are going to sort the items into groups.

4. Each take a turn at choosing a picture card, naming them item and placing it in the on the appropriate category card.

5. If your child is able to sort items into two catgories, next attemp items from three different categories. 

If your child is finding this task challenging, you can help by searching for an item together.


If your child is able to do this activity, when they select a card, you could ask them to think of another item that belongs to that subcategory but is not in the picture cards. You could also move on to the activities that involve sorting items into subcategories - click here. 

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