Get Your Kid Sorting with our Free Autumn Themed Land, Air, and Water Printable

As the leaves start to change color and fall from the trees, it’s the perfect time to introduce your little ones to the concept of sorting. Sorting is a fundamental skill that helps children make sense of the world around them, and it’s a lot of fun too!

Why Sorting exercise is important in the early childhood classroom

Sorting is an essential cognitive process that helps children organize information and distinguish between different objects or concepts. Sorting activities can help facilitate this process by providing children with a variety of different items to sort, categorize, and organize in different ways. Here are some reasons why sorting activities are important for a child’s development:

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  • Develops Problem-Solving Skills: Sorting activities require children to use their problem-solving abilities to determine which objects belong to which group. This improves their reasoning skills and helps them think critically.
  • Enhances Mathematical Skills: Sorting activities help children understand basic mathematical concepts such as patterns, similarities, differences, and classifications. It also enhances their ability to count and sort numbers.
  • Boosts Memory Skills: Sorting activities rely on memory to remember items and sort them accordingly. Encouraging children to practice sorting regularly can help improve their memory and retention skills.
  • Teaches Organizational Skills: Sorting activities help children learn to organize and arrange objects based on their characteristics, which fosters organizational skills that can benefit them later in life.
  • Enhances Visual-Spatial Reasoning: Sorting activities also activate visual-spatial skills as children identify similarities and differences between objects and categorize them. These skills are essential for understanding complex geometric shapes and solving complex problems in various fields.
  • Promotes Independence and Self Confidence: Sorting activities can lead to a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence when a child is successfully able to organize objects and group them correctly. This helps foster independence and self-esteem in children.

Incorporating sorting activities into a child’s playtime can help develop cognitive and life skills that are essential for future success. It’s important to provide a variety of sorting opportunities to children to promote exploration, critical thinking, and creativity.

And because autumn is all about the changing of the seasons, we’re excited to share our free Autumn themed Land, Air, and Water Sorting Printable with you!

Land Water Air Activity

In Montessori education, there are many activities that help children learn about different concepts and develop various skills. One such activity that is popular is the land, water, air sorting activity. This activity is aimed at helping children identify and classify different objects that are found on land, water, or air.

The activity begins with a lesson about different environments. The teacher introduces the children to the concept of land, water, and air and explains the characteristics of each environment. For instance, land is a solid surface, while water is a liquid, and air is a gas. The teacher can use different materials or pictures to illustrate the characteristics of each environment to make it more interactive.

After the introduction, the children are then given a tray or a basket with various objects that belong to each environment. The objects could be toys, pictures, or actual objects. The children are then asked to sort the objects into three categories, land, water, or air. As the children sort the objects, they are learning to distinguish the different environments and the objects that belong to each.

This activity helps children to not only develop their classification and sorting skills, but it also enhances their knowledge of the world around them. By learning about different environments, they understand the significance of each one and the living things that are found in them. This activity can also be extended to teach children about how animals adapt to their environment and what kind of objects they need to survive.

The land, water, air sorting activity is an excellent way for children to learn about the different environments and the objects that belong to them. This activity is also fun, engaging, and helps children develop their sorting and classification skills. By incorporating practical activities like this, children can learn better, retain knowledge, and have fun at the same time.

So, let’s get your child sorting with this simple yet effective activity!


Download and print out our Autumn themed Land, Air, and Water Sorting Printable.

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.

Explain to your child that each picture represents either land, air, or water.

Ask your child to sort the pictures by placing them in the correct category on the first page of the printable.

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 picutres when printed twice or draw and color Land Air Water cards using their choice of art medium.

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

This activity is a great way for your child to develop their critical thinking and categorization skills. They’ll also learn more about the different modes of transportation and animals found in our world.

Plus, this activity is perfect for busy parents and caregivers who are looking for a fun and engaging way to keep their child entertained while teaching them important skills.

Here is what’s included:

  • Picture cards with photographs x 10
  • Labels x 3

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 5 years

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

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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.