Classifying Objects

silverwareGrab a handful of buttons. Make sure there are all different kinds and colors.

If you don’t have buttons, use any pile of objects, like matchbox cars, coins, nuts, etc.

Now group the buttons according to size, color, texture, number of holes, shape, etc.

You can do this activity with shells, peanuts, plant leaves, or the back of your desk drawer. Is it easier to organize the non-living or the living things?


4 Responses to “Classifying Objects”
  1. Crabbyjean333 says:

    This was so much fun! We classified our buttons right down to the “species”! I definitely think it’s a good beginning activity before introducing classifications because it gives the kids a hands on understanding of the concept.

  2. Susan Plott says:

    It seems easier to classify living things rather than man-made things because animals and plants have more variety.

  3. Aurora says:

    Oops – that would be funny if it were ‘kids’ wouldn’t it? 🙂

  4. Lillian Jackson says:

    instead of “make sure there are all different kinds and colors you said all different kids and colors! Is this a group experiment or was that a mistake?

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