This is a little mat session activity that I've created based on the story book 'The Little Engine That Could'. The sorting activity can be used as a integrated numeracy activity after reading the story to the children during a shared reading session. It has two parts, once on a board, and next with the children able experience it themselves, just to really get them to understand the concept of sorting.
First part: the children can sort the toys by colour into the same coloured train carriages (print out in A3 and stick to a wall/board).
Second part: construct a make believe train and use different coloured chairs (can be grouped by colour or can be random!). Each child will hold a ticket and you (train conductor) can only allow children with the right coloured tickets to come aboard!
Early Years Learning Framework
5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work
Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines
• Sort, classify and match objects according to attributes