Subhana'Allah, the activity from this post (directly below) is steadily evolving!
I made another set of fruit cards (cantaloupe) and decided to make a sorting mat. I just made three more pieces of fruit, got a piece of cardstock, glued the construction paper fruit on to the top and I grabbed the packing tape again (I laminated the top part where the fruit are because toddlers fingers are...curious...lol).
I then demonstrated how to sort the fruit:
To do this activity: In the demonstration, slowly pick up one fruit card. Say the name of the fruit and nothing else. After comparing it with the fruit on top (compare the card to each fruit along the top of the column), gently placed the card in the correct column. Repeat until all fruit cards have been correctly placed insha'Allah.
Then invite the child to do the activity insha'Allah:
Notice that the cards are not lined up in the column the same way they were in the demonstration - that is okay. There is nothing wrong with this at all and there is no need to correct the child. Here, the child sorted the cards into the right columns correctly and this is the goal. The child's work does not need to be identical to the demonstration.
This is a versatile activity that can be adapted to many themes....Ramadan for example *smile*. Why not sort masaajid, moons, and other things associated with Ramadan? And best of all, you only need construction paper, glue, scissors, and a marker to make these alhamdulillah.
Toddlers that are around the end of 23 months old (and up) may enjoy this activity but to ensure they focus on the 'sorting' and not the various colours, patterns, etc. of the pieces, make the pieces the same colours (i.e. all moons silver, all masaajid blue, etc.) insha'Allah. For 3-4 year olds why not try this great Ramadan sorting activity?