* Sorting is putting things into groups that are the same in one or more ways. Children usually start out sorting things based upon one feature of the object (i.e. by color) and move on to sorting based on several features (i.e. color, shape and size). Children can sort just about anything that you have at home--buttons, beads, beans, animals, blocks, leaves, seeds, socks, clothing by color or type, silverware etc. Try to take advantage of opportunities during your everyday routines to allow children to practice this skill. Have your child help you sort the laundry before washing or match up socks into pairs. Ask your child to help you put away the silverware when you are emptying the dishwasher--they will be happy to help you and will be practicing a new skill at the same time.