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Classification of Materials Activity for Kids

Sorting Game DIY

  • Duration: 20-30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cost: $0 to $5

Compete with a friend to sort materials by specific properties!

Material List

  • 1A variety of random objects from the classroom or home.


  • 1Collect a variety of objects from around the classroom.
  • 2Partner 1 decides on a specific property but does not tell the other partner.
  • 3Partner 1 sorts objects while keeping the secret property in mind.
  • 4Partner 2 tries to guess which property Partner 1 was sorting by.
  • 5Partners switch roles.
  • 6Repeat the steps as many times as you want.

How It Works

You are putting together items that have the same property, just like a scientist. Scientists sort materials in a variety of ways, depending on what their purpose is. For example, if a scientist wants to use a material to work as a magnet in an experiment, they must first sort materials by magnetic vs. non-magnetic to narrow down their options.

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