Space themes are very popular with our kiddos. This particular intergalactic game focuses on preschool sorting activities. The color sorting activity is perfect for preschool and kindergarten and includes different color sorting mats.

#### Materials for the Space Theme Sorting Games

• Paper
• Laminating Materials
• Paper Cutter
• Paper Fastener
• Paper Clip
• Alien Math Manipulatives
• Small Tray

My middle son is obsessed with all things space. He can name all of the dwarf planets and what the sun is made of. I personally love looking up at the star-speckled sky and remembering how huge our world is.

## Why Is Sorting Important For Preschoolers?

##### ASKING STUDENTS TO SORT ITEMS CAN PROVIDE THEM WITH INFORMATION AND HELP THEM CATEGORIZE. STUDENTS CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:
• Which color has the most?
• Which color has the least?
• How are these the same?
• How are these different?
• How is this activity like a memory game?

It is important for children to sort in order to find similarities and differences in the world around them.

Sorting can be practiced using toys, pictures, food items, animals, and so many other objects.

The Space Color Matching and Sorting mats include bright colors and different layouts for multiple uses.

Use the printable sorting activity for preschoolers in a math or science center. You can work with a small group of students or even individually.

## How Does Sorting Help Preschoolers?

• Categorizing
• Developing numeracy skills
• Developing literacy skills
• Identifying colors and shapes

## What Can Preschoolers Learn With Matching Activities?

##### ASKING STUDENTS TO MATCH CAN HELP WITH LOGICAL THINKING AND MEMORY SKILLS. STUDENTS CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:
• Where do all of the red objects go?
• How are these objects different?
• How can I problem solve to match the objects?
• If you try the activity again, will you get the same results?

## What Is The Importance Of Sorting In Preschool?

Besides the fact that kids love an outer space theme, there are many other reasons you should practice sorting with your children.

### Identify Characteristics

Whether kids are sorting colors, textures, or types of animals, they will be identifying specific characteristics that are different.

### Finding Relationships

Children are always trying to connect and find relationships between things they already know and new concepts. Sorting can help children discover relationships and patterns.

### Problem-Solving

Our students problem-solve with sorting to figure out the differences in things and match the similar objects or ideas together.

### Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are used when children pick up objects and place them in a group. Children will practice pinching which will help them practice writing, tying shoes, and buttoning.

## How To Use This Space Color Matching And Sorting game:

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• Print and laminate the activity for durability.

## Using the Preschool Color Sorting Printable

Add the sorting worksheet mats to your math and science center. Kids can use these to match similar colors and sort different colors.

Once the mats are laminated, there are many learning activities you can use them for, including using dry erase markers.

## Extend the Activity:

### Moon Rock Mania

Before using the Space Color Matching and Sorting mats, check out how to make moon rocks with your favorite little astronauts. These can be perfect to add to a sensory bin.

### Matching Cards

Use the color word cards to match objects around the room that share the same color.

### Shape Space I Spy

Check out the Outer Space Shape 2D shapes and I Spy game. This can be a great follow up to the toddler and preschool color sorting mats.

### Space Art

After completing the color sorting activity, give your students different materials to create their own planet. Items can include pom poms, black paper, star stickers, and glitter!

### Solar System Play

Why not add these adorable solar system and astronaut cutouts for a free play experience that’s out of this world!

### Create a Story

Children are great at making up stories. Allow their creativity to flow as your kids create their own story about the aliens in their activity.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.

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