Choose A Category : Sorting Words Into Different Groups


Rocks & Sticks Are the Same & Different

Your growing child’s ability to sort & classify objects in the world is an important part of her/his Critical Thinking Skills & Language Literacy development.

It is, also, a fun way to bring order & logic (somewhat) to his/her widening world. Spend some interactive time with her/him while playing Choose A Category & you’ll be amazed how your little brainiac thinks!


Toys & Clothes Are Not The Same

Is your child beginning or continuing to put toys into groups before, after & during play?  If so, her/his Critical Thinking Skills as well as Language development are growing!

 Choose A Category : Sorting Words Into Groups is a fun &   effective  way to help your child understand how words can be similar and different together. Classification is a building block of those all-important Critical Thinking Skills.

I included the Reading & Writing elements to this  tool as an additional way to engage your child in promoting his/her Literacy Skills.

This 17 ~ page (includes front & back manual covers) download,  copy & printable resource in an 8″x11″ PDF will prepare and reinforce the concepts your child is & will be learning in the classroom, while having LOTS of fun with you !


  • Contents & Instructions
  • How-to-Use Instructions
  • Category Mats & Word Lists
  •   Sentence Strips
  • Writing Template
  • Blank Templates
  • Thank You & Copyright


  • Contents  List
  • How-to-Use Instructions w/ Tips & Ideas
  • 4 Category Mats for 8 Groupings
  • 40 Word Cards
  • 7 Fill-in-the-Blank Sentence Strips
  • Drawing & Handwriting Paper Template
  • Blank Templates: Category Mat, Word Cards & Sentence Strips

Supply Needs

  • colored ink printer
  • card-stock & printer paper
  • laminate
  • scissors or cutter
  • strong wide tape or stapler
  • binding for manual & books
  • storage for word cards & mats
  • fat writing pencil & eraser
  • permanent & washable coloring tools

Tips & Ideas

Before beginning this Literacy (Classification) practice skill, ask your child to name some of the elements in several of the categories: What things are toys? What things are food? What things are clothes? What things have wheels?

Pull out several different items from the house that can be classified into groups, such as foods, dishes, eating utensils, toys colors. Have your child sort them into groups. Ask how the elements are the same & different. Ask what else could be put into the groups.

Ask your child to bring some things together for you to put into groups. Put them into groups & name the category. Your child may have different category names in mind, such as building things, reading things, water toys.

Go outside with your child & ask her/him  to group some nature things: small rocks/big rocks, green things, rounds things, seeds/berries. etc. 

Use the picture/word cards as a reading tool for beginning & ending sounds, ABC order and/or singular/plural words.

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