Fostering organizational skills through play

Fostering organizational skills through play

This is a  pile of magnetic numbers and a magnetic cookie sheet I bought at the dollar store. I have been organizing my activity boxes for future use…

There was a second cookie sheet on the table without any magnets…

As Tristan sat down to play, I realized that his focus wasn’t on the numbers or the order of the numbers but it was on the organization of the magnets…

As Tristan played, I reinforced the words organized and unorganized through casual conversation…

Tristan was proud of how he was able to organize the magnets…

I am linking to The Play Academy!


  • cathy @ nurturestore Posted April 29, 2011 9:04 am

    A co-incidence Deborah: we have our letters on the fridge at home and my 4 year old is passionate about organising them into lines or a big circle or colour groups. She’s moving on now to give the letters characters and role play with them too. Thanks for linking up with the Play Academy and reminding us that kids can play with anything, anyway.

  • Pam Posted April 29, 2011 10:17 am

    how funny! I also have some kids who instantly walk up to our large magnet board and begin rearanging and organizing the jumble of magnetic letters according to size or color!

  • JDaniel4’s Mom Posted April 29, 2011 2:10 pm

    This will really help with learning life skills related to cleaning up!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 29, 2011 11:18 pm

    Yes it will! That is always a good thing:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 29, 2011 11:24 pm

    It is my belief that children feel better when things have some order to them:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 29, 2011 11:26 pm

    Isn’t that funny! Kids really have such a terrific perspective – I look at letters or numbers and see them only as letters and numbers. Kids look at the same and see them as color, design, shape and so on!

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