Property Sort

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In this activity, young learners will describe objects by their properties and sort by color, weight and texture. This activity uses household items and toys for materials. Activity includes material suggestions, step-by-step instructions, STEM connections and matching video.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • suggested objects:
  • drinking straw
  • CD
  • cotton ball
  • sponge
  • rubber band
  • crayon
  • marble
  • plastic toy
  • paper clip
  • ball
  • buttons
  • other household items you would like to use


  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Collecting
  • Toys


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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