"Pack rat" collects all sorts of things - a turtle, a locket, a cherry, a ball of yarn, a tea kettle, etc. His mother informs him one day that "enough is enough!" and orders him to "empty that stuff you've collected today! Then sort it all out and put it away!" So, sort it he does, into all different kinds of categories - things that are round, things with a hard outer shell, things that you use when you sew, etc. The text is written in such a way that begs young readers to shout out the category on each page. And a particularly astute reader might notice a wee mouse hand reaching in here and there, the owner of which is revealed in a cute conclusion to the book.
Excerpt:I had intended to put together a formal sorting game, with a printed list and a basket full of objects. In practice, we have been very ad hoc with any kind of learning activities this week. But, we have done a number of mini scavenger hunts around the house, with the book as our guide (find three things that open and close, find two things that are green, etc.). We have read it many times over the past couple of weeks, and it has staying power. It has been well received with every read.
"The yarn, the needle and thread are, you know, all things that we use when we knit, stitch, or . . . sew."
Comment: What are your favorite sorting type activities?
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