Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nut Sorting & Nomenclature Printable

I meant to post about this activity a few months ago when it was nut season, but it got lost in the mix. Hopefully you can still find some nuts in your grocery store, but if not, there's always next winter!

This is a very cheap and simple sorting/matching activity. It was a favorite of James' when he was 2.5 years old and he still enjoyed it a year later. Normally, I would have James set out all the cards at once (on a mat) with a bowl beneath each card, but this set up was just for photographic purposes. :)

I forgot to include this cute little squirrel basket (found at the local thrift store) in the set up above, but he's a favorite in our classroom and he creates an added point of interest in this particular activity. James loves "feeding" him the nuts once the activity is over.

I created the cards you see in the photo above and have shared them with you via the link below. I added an acorn to the mix for those of you have access to them.

There are a couple of extensions you could do with this activity:
::Print out two copies of my printable and just do a straight matching or memory game.
::Using a child safe nutcracker like this one, have your kiddo crack open the nuts (hello, practical life!) and match them to the cards that way. Each photo includes an image of a shelled nut.

Here's the printable link - just copy the link into your address bar:

As always, my printables are for your personal use only - please do not sell them or offer them in giveaways. Thank you!

~Thank you for your comments!~


Meg said...

I cant get it to work ... I can get the file but it just has a few words on it and no pics. I also tried to download the file. Can you email it to me???

Leptir (NataĊĦa) said...

Thanks for sharing Mari-Ann! Great printable!

PS If you want you can check out my post about nut fruit:


Meg said...

I love this activity. So simple I can see the twos being drawn to it. Thanks so much for sharing and all of the wonderful ideas :)

Theprincessandthetot said...

This is really cute!! Super Tot has a severe peanut allergy, but I could pick my own other nuts in the fall and do this! Thanks for the fun (and fantastically natural) idea!

Annette said...

Oh my goodness, that little squirrel basket is the sweetest little thing. Don't you just love thrift store finds like that?

The Domestic Yogi said...

I love your blog! I am so excited to have found it. I have been trying to learn montessori activities to teach my three-year-old and you've inspired me in so many ways! Keep it coming!

Unknown said...

Excelente Blog, saludos desde Chile!

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Elle Belles Bows said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I have everything that we need for this activity right here! The printables are perfect!


Unknown said...

I love this activity, what a great idea! thank you so much for sharing your idea and printable file :)


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