Sort and Play Cups #giveaway

We had the opportunity to play with these Sort and Count Cups from Quality Classrooms.

Fred enjoyed putting the colured discs into the bowls, sorting and matching by colour.

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Rose went a step furhter and discussed how she was mixing the primary colours to make new colours:

Sort & Count Cups

She made a turtle, dramatically making it lose its shell.

Sort & Count Cups- turtle

Sequencing by colour and number was next.

Sort & Count Cups- sequencing

Putting two cups together with discs inside made great sounds and an entertaining showers of discs!

Sort & Count Cups- shower

Dramatic cheeks!

Sort and Count Cups- Cheeks

And of course a cup of tea with your pinky finger sticking out is a necessity.

Sort and Count Cups- Tea

Here is the low down on the Sort and Count Cups:

Sort & Count Cups

Children can learn to sort and count with this simple design that can be played in a variety of ways. Play instruction and cotton bag included. Ages 18 months+.

Sort and Counts Cups is a Plan Toy and as such is made from a combination of natural rubber wood and PlanWood™. PlanToys® are made from natural rubber wood trees that no longer produce latex. To keep the wood pure, no fertilizer is added to the soil three years prior to cut the trees down.

To strengthen the wood, PlanToys® uses a chemical-free kiln-drying process. PlanWood™ is another high quality, safe and sustainable material in our toy-making process. This material will be used in harmony with our solid rubberwood.

PlanToys® is assembled using a certified E-Zero formaldehyde free glue in place of traditional toxic wood glue. PlanToys® commits itself to find the best eco-friendly material. The organic color is not only good for children but also for our environment. PlanToys® does not use chemical dyes containing lead or any other heavy metals.

Recycled paper and Soy ink are used for our printed materials. Soy ink is more readily biodegradable and can be recycled more efficiently than standard chemical ink.

Feeling great about the sustainability of our children’s toys makes parents happy too!

Win a Sort and Count Cups!

Comment below sharing your favourite game or activity to promote sorting, matching or counting, then you will be entered to win. Winner will be randomly selected after 5:30 pm CST on Thursday July 7th, 2016. Must be a Canadian resident to win.

What is your favourite game or activity to promote sorting, matching or counting?




Fun with Memory Caps

Memory Caps

First things first: let them play! I have learnt this. If I want to sneak in a little structured learning I have to let exploration happen first. Here is the exploration:

What is under here mummy?

Anyone for tea? Cheers

A cap tower

New York Statue (Daisy’s words)

Genuine statue (again her words- don’t know where that came from!!)

Getting bigger..

and bigger.

I supported the sneaky learning by colouring a piece of card with crayon boxes the same colour as the shapes under the memory caps.

On the other side of the card I added a 1-12 grid.

I can then just slot the card in the box with the game, for storage.

The colour matching activity was not a hit so we ignored that and flipped over to the numbers.

This had more interest. We discovered a fun way to stack the caps. Yes I was joining in at this point.

Here is the skinny on Memory Caps:

A matching wooden manipulative toy. Mix up the geometric shapes on the routed spaces on the board and hide them with the bright, red caps. The players choose two caps each turn to reveal a match. Develops memory and matching skills. Made from Eco-friendly rubberwood and stained with low VOC aniline dyes. Measures: 11.25″W x 9.5″L x 1.5″H. Ages 3+.

Learning Opportunities:


  • Discuss shape properties
  • Counting
  • Sorting and making patterns


  • What makes a statue? What do we like to look at statues? Those shapes go together well, why?

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