Sorting, visual memory, and matching are important pre-math skills for toddlers. In this activity, the child will use an everyday item, socks, to play a matching game.
Show your toddler how to match socks. Explain that socks come in twos, one for each foot. Lay four different socks in a line. Put the matches to these four in a pile. Ask your toddler to find each sock’s partner. Help your child match the pairs by providing hints. For example, “Which two socks go together? Which two socks look the same?” When your child can match four pairs, add two more pairs. Add more pairs as your child becomes more proficient.
Your child can also sort the socks into piles by color, by size, or by owner. Together, you can count them, either by singles or by pairs.