We love fairy tales here, they are always a favourite when we bring them out for a bedtime story or to read when the kids are ill and at home. Cinderella is mine and my daughters favourite and for this weeks #TeachECE theme of Fairy Tales we decided to use it for some measuring and sorting inspired of course by finding a shoe that fits. Do check out the bottom of the post for other ideas for Cinderella themed activities for early years.

Cinderella inspired sorting activity for early years, using the fairy tale be inspired with this sorting and math language rich activity

Learning Objectives

  • Sort objects by size order
  • Use language of size – smaller, smallest, bigger, biggest, Bigger than, Smaller than

Materials

A selection of shoes of various sizes

Cinderella inspired sorting activity

Start of by reading the fairy story and take a moment to discuss the problems that the prince had trying to find the girl that matched the glass slipper.

Cinderella inspired sorting activity for early years, using the fairy tale be inspired with this sorting and math language rich activity

Then collect together a selection of shoes – we had dolls shoes, the kids first shoes, their current shoes and mine and my husband shoes as well.

Cinderella inspired sorting activity for early years, using the fairy tale be inspired with this sorting and math language rich activity

We started of by picking the smallest shoe and trying it on her foot. “Much too small”

Cinderella inspired sorting activity for early years, using the fairy tale be inspired with this sorting and math language rich activity

Then we put it at the far end of the table.

Cinderella inspired sorting activity for early years, using the fairy tale be inspired with this sorting and math language rich activity

Then we picked out another shoe the biggest and tried it on. “Much bigger” and placed it at the far end of the table.

Cinderella inspired sorting activity for early years, using the fairy tale be inspired with this sorting and math language rich activity

Then we tried on the other shoes – I asked where it was smaller, bigger than a shoe on the table and her foot.

Cinderella inspired sorting activity for early years, using the fairy tale be inspired with this sorting and math language rich activity

Once we had the shoes in order we talked about finding the smallest, the biggest, which shoes was smaller and which was bigger than the one that fitted just right.

Cinderella inspired sorting activity for early years, using the fairy tale be inspired with this sorting and math language rich activity

Other fairy tale inspired learning activities for Early Years

Fairy Tales Short Vowel Activities: Little Red Riding Hood by Learning 2 Walk

Cast a Sound with a Fairy Tale Wand by Growing Book by Book

Jack and the Beanstalk Alphabet Game by Mom Inspired Life

Mr. Lucky Straw, A Japanese Folk Tale-Book Extension Activities by Capri + 3


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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

3 Comments

  1. This is such a cute project! Our kids are always trying on our shoes anyway and commenting on their own shoes that no longer fit. This will be perfect for them!

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