Our Family Tree: Sorting Family Members | Still Playing School

Our Family Tree: Sorting Family Members

Families are a common theme in preschool. We built our family tree with repositionable photos which led to sorting our family members to learn more about how we are the same and different.

We are thrilled to be joining the Playful Preschool Education Team organized by The Educators' Spin On It! Each Wednesday we will be sharing a collection of theme based #PlayfulPreschool posts for hands on learning you can provide for your preschoolers. This week's preschool theme is family and we have a math activity that uses your child's very favorite people: your own family members!

We glued photos of our family members on apple papers (since we are still working on our apple theme). I explained that our family tree branches out by parents and children. First our preschooler sorted our own small family as well as her grandparents. This was a great way to include her sister who we miss so much into a typical family activity. 

Next I asked her to complete Daddy's family tree. She started with her paternal grandparents, organized her dad and aunt and who they are married to and added the children! Building family trees with repositionable manipulatives really gets children thinking about how familial relationships work (who is married to whom, who their children are, how spouses join our families). 

To add a bit more math we then sorted our family members by different criteria. Some categories we picked were gender, glasses/no glasses, and last names but you can choose whatever works best for your specific family. E wanted to sort by age and gender (oldest women to youngest girl and oldest man to youngest boy) so I let her take the lead for the rest of the activity.

I plan to have her label our apples with our names for a new version of our word wall to use during journal writing.

Plan your Family Theme Preschool Activities with these ideas 
from the Playful Preschool Education Team!

Family Theme Learning Activities: Reading - Writing - Cooking - Sensory - Art - Math

Finding My Family on a Map from Powerful Mothering

Cooking with Kids: Family Recipe Books from Growing Book By Book

Our Family Tree: Sorting Family Members from Still Playing School

Family Themed Sensory Bin from Little Bins for Little Hands

Tips for Using Skype to Connect with Family from The Educators' Spin On It

Family Portraits from Rainy Day Mum

Family Counting from Tiny Tots Adventures

Family Footprints from Capri +3

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  1. LOVE this hands on sorting and graphing!!!! Did you make the apples or buy a set? I love that they are so bright and colorful!

    1. The apples are a post-it note type set and then we printed and glued our family photos on them!

  2. Brilliant - I love the apples I don't think we can get them in the UK but some velcro and Felt and I should be able to improvise.

  3. super cute! AND my 4 year old LOVES looking at faces too. This one is so an activity for him.

  4. That is such a cute idea. The apple shape really adds an element of fun to the activity. I love the sweet photo of Violet that you included. It is so important for children to know that family members we have lost are always part of the family.

  5. A great hands on activity. I like how they are reposition able. This would be the perfect activity when I was teaching how we are all connected.

  6. Such a fun activity! I love that you can move them all around over and over again because it makes them adaptable to so many other activities like the graphing one you did above.

  7. What a great way to sort and graph! Love it!

  8. I love the apples and how you sorted your family members, and I adore seeing Violet's picture in the mix.

  9. What a wonderful way to encourage sorting with the Family Theme! The apples are adorable and your children will remember this activity!:) TY for some great inspiration!

  10. This looks great! I love that you included different ways to sort! I definitely need to get ahold of some pictures of our extended family members!