Sorting Boxes

Sorting Boxes lesson plan

  • 1.

    Ask families to find small, safe things to recycle such as ribbons, buttons, or out-of-fashion earrings, and recycled boxes. Give a lunch bag to each family.

  • 2.

    Encourage children to collect interesting items by preparing these boxes first.

  • 3.

    Children gradually can sort with more categories. Encourage them to stretch their thinking as they sort. Ask them to explain their choices.

  • 4.

    Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Put on a Crayola® Art Smock. With Crayola® So Big® Brushes, paint a box inside and out. This box is to hold the recycled treasures from home. Dry overnight.

  • 5.

    Empty your lunch bag of recycled items into your sorting box.

  • 6.

    Use a muffin tin to sort the items in your box. Can you sort by size? Color? Texture? Shape? Try several different ways.


  • Asking Questions
  • Reading Pictures
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Senses
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Problem Solving
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts