Made by Nature Made by Humans Sorting Cards Free Printable

These free picture cards for sorting with ten types of things made by nature and ten types of things made by humans make a wonderful addition to classroom winter learning activities for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with photographs to create hands-on nature work for your students. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to talk about the natural environment in winter in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

Here is what’s included:

  • labeled natural objects vocabulary cards with photographs x 10
  • labeled objects made by people vocabulary cards with photographs x 10

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 5 years

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Subjects and uses in the classroom: Winter, Nature Table, Science Centers

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Here are some of my recommendations on the different ways you can use these cards.

Print on card stock and laminate for longer use. After cutting cards, draw with a marker or stick dot stickers to the back of each set – one color for each set. Place the label cards in a row. Explain the difference between objects created by nature and objects made by people. Invite the child to sort cards into two categories.

After the child completed the task, invite him or her to flip the cards and self-check. Each card has to be under the correct category based on the dot color.

Young children can be encouraged to match nature when printed twice. Or draw and color things that are made in nature and by humans using their choice of art medium.

Older children might be inspired to research and create their own books on the topic.


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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.