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Sorting Mats


LessonPix allows users to create sorting mats with boxes containing pictures and/or words to help students sort small objects, picture cards, or word cards into categories. You may create sorting mats with 1 to 6 boxes on each page for sorting. For example, the user may make sorting mats that have only one box per page, allowing one full paper per category. Or, the user may print pages with 4 boxes allowing students to sort small snacks or small objects.

Here are some ideas of items to create sorting mats:


Snacks: Make snack mats that allow students to sort their snack item by color, size shape, item. For example...

Sort by Category: Sort picture cards or small items by categories. For example, sorting...

Sort by Attribute: Sorting small items by attribute / descriptions

  • Color: Use 2-6 colors to sort specfic colored items.
  • Size: Create sorting mats to sort items by size. ie: small medium, large; tall or short; long or short
  • Shape: circle, square, cylinder, cube, etc.
  • Comparitives: long, longer, longest; small, smaller, smallest
  • Description: Hard or soft; fur or feathers; hair or no hair; 2 legs or 4 legs; rolls or slides down a ramp; magnetic and not magnetic
  • Pieces: Break apart items and sort. For example  - these children are "dissecting" a plant by cutting the pieces and sorting the parts into roots, stem, leaves, and flowers.

Dissect plants


Auditory Discrimination: students can compare how things sounds and sort into categories. For example

  • Loud or soft
  • Animal or machine
  • Letter sounds that are voiced (b, k, v) or not voiced (h, p, t)
  • Letter sounds that are long or short
  • Same or different


Phonics: Students can sort small objects, picture cards, or word cards into groups. Here are some examples:

  • Beginning letter - starts with a "m" or does not start with "m"
  • Beginning sound - starts with /sh/ or /ch/
  • Ending letter - ends with a "n" or "t"
  • Ryhmes - rhymes with cat or rhymes with fish
  • Word families - words that have the same ending (rhymes that are spelled the same way) ie "-at", "-ot" or "-it" words
  • Vowels - short e words and long e words

Counting; Students can group items that have similar quantities.  For example...
  • How many letters in the word, 3, 4 or 5?
  • Syllables - words that have 1, 2, or 3 syllables
  • How many parts: items divided into 2 pieces or 4 pieces


Free Sample of a sorting mat for sorting items that roll or slide down a ramp.