Sorting allows children to understand the world around us. Using the Montessori sorting tray, the child learns to organise and sort objects. Sorting also improves tactile and visual perception, coordination, fine motor skills and concentration.
It is also an excellent opportunity to introduce new vocabulary. This task also begins to build a foundation for developing math skills. By sorting, the child begins to develop number skills along with grouping similar objects.
Through this simple exercise, the child begins to apply logical thinking to objects. By using the principles of Montessori work, where all the child’s senses are used in one activity, the child begins to organise the world around him and even his own thoughts.