Fostering organizational skills through play

This is a  pile of magnetic numbers and a magnetic cookie sheet I bought at the dollar store. I have been organizing my activity boxes for future use…

There was a second cookie sheet on the table without any magnets…

As Tristan sat down to play, I realized that his focus wasn’t on the numbers or the order of the numbers but it was on the organization of the magnets…

As Tristan played, I reinforced the words organized and unorganized through casual conversation…

Tristan was proud of how he was able to organize the magnets…

I am linking to The Play Academy!

By |2011-04-29T08:00:31+00:00April 29th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. cathy @ nurturestore April 29, 2011 at 9:04 am - Reply

    A co-incidence Deborah: we have our letters on the fridge at home and my 4 year old is passionate about organising them into lines or a big circle or colour groups. She’s moving on now to give the letters characters and role play with them too. Thanks for linking up with the Play Academy and reminding us that kids can play with anything, anyway.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      Isn’t that funny! Kids really have such a terrific perspective – I look at letters or numbers and see them only as letters and numbers. Kids look at the same and see them as color, design, shape and so on!

  2. Pam April 29, 2011 at 10:17 am - Reply

    how funny! I also have some kids who instantly walk up to our large magnet board and begin rearanging and organizing the jumble of magnetic letters according to size or color!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 29, 2011 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      It is my belief that children feel better when things have some order to them:)

  3. JDaniel4's Mom April 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    This will really help with learning life skills related to cleaning up!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      Yes it will! That is always a good thing:)

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