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This free Christmas tree sorting printable is perfect to help kids learn about sizes, counting, and more. Check out how this preschool activity is perfect for Christmas and the holiday season. It seems so simple but has kept my twin preschoolers entertained for hours.
This time of year is hard. As parents we are SO BUSY, yet our little ones are inside a lot more because it is cold or wet out. You don’t want to plop them in front of the TV all day, and while free play is great, we also like to give them a little structured play during the day.
A few things my twin preschoolers are working on are learning to sort things, size, and counting. I wanted to be able to tie in a bit of the Christmas season to an educational activity for them, and at the same time keep them entertained so I could get stuff done.
I love this tree sorting game. At first I thought, this is so simple, my kids are going to be done with it in 5 minutes. NOPE! They have seriously used it a couple of hours every single day this week.
And they have come up with additional ways to play with this activity that I will with you as well.
Christmas Sorting Activity for Preschoolers
I cut up these cards which have 6 different designs of trees, each design in 3 sizes, and then gave them sheets labeled “Small,” “Medium,” and “Large.”
My only thought was that they would use this to sort the trees by size. Seems obvious right? A size sorting activity for preschoolers would mean exactly that… sorting by size.
But my kiddos came up with a few other activities for it, so I am going to share those with you below and then of course, give you the free printable of the Christmas tree size sorting activity.
Option 1: Sort by size
Okay, I already talked about this, but just wanted to officially put it on the list. The first thing I told my kids was that they needed to learn to sort by size for this activity.
I thought it would be super easy, but when they first got a small tree, and then a medium one, they thought the medium was large. It actually ended up throwing them off quite a bit.
I made sure to have the cards mixed up but what helped them out was realizing that there was three trees that looked alike but different sizes. Which brought them to their second use of the sorting activity.
Option 2: Sort by design
They decided after sorting by size, it would be fun to sort the trees by design. Kind of like those pictures where you have to find the two identical items, except these are all different sizes.
They also used it as a way to make sure they had all of the cards when they went to clean up which was nice. Then they decided they wanted to use the trees for other things.
Option 3: Counting and Math
My kids decided that another use for the Christmas tree sorting activity was to count them. They would count to make sure each group had six at the end. They would count the different number of trees with stars, or ones that had ornaments, etc.
After that they started doing some early math as they would move trees around. 6 small trees take away 2 small trees is 4 small trees… that sort of thing. Hey, whatever keeps them entertained and learning right!
Free Printable Christmas Tree Sorting Activity for Preschoolers
I hope your preschooler(s) are able to find this activity as entertaining as mine were. It has been so nice to keep them occupied the last few days when I had things to do.
If you would like your free copy of this printable you can download it here.
Not going to lie, even my third grader will sit for a few moments and sort these Christmas trees. I hope your kids enjoy it as much as mine have.
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