## Identify, Sort, Classify: Introducing the Concept

Gather the children in a circle. Spread out a box of connecting cubes and give each child some cubes. Ask children to pick out all the red and blue cubes and put them in the center of the circle. Put the remaining cubes back in the box. Elicit from children that they have just identified all the red and blue cubes and sorted them out from the other colors.

**Materials:** an assortment of connecting cubes in two colors, mats

**Preparation:** Make a simple mat by drawing a line down the center of a piece of paper. Make enough copies to have one for each child.

**Prerequisite Skills and Concepts:** Children should know their colors.

Give mats and the same number of cubes to each child. Each child needs cubes of two different colors, but not necessarily in equal amounts.