Parenting / 16 January, 2023 / Ellie Thompson

Tips For Little Learners: Why Counting And Sorting Is So Important

Children benefit from counting and sorting toys on both cognitive and physical levels. Counting and sorting toys improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and organisational skills, as well as laying down the foundations for early maths.

What age are sorting toys for?

Children as young as 18 months old will begin to understand the concept of sorting. Little ones are naturally drawn to shape recognition, counting, sorting, classifying, patterning, sequencing, construction and stacking. It’s their way of beginning to make sense of the wider world around them.

Learning through play

Sorting and counting are enjoyable activities for children, as they learn how to solve problems, relate to others, and comprehend the world around them.

Leading educational toy brand Edx Education are the experts at ‘learning through play’ with a range designed to inspire a love of learning in the early years. Here are just a few of the brilliant counting and sorting toys and games on offer.

Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set

This eye-catching Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set can be used for learning colours, sorting, stacking and sequencing, so you’ve got everything you need to get started. The rainbow colours and tangible texture make them ideal sensory toys, and they wobble when stacked, to create an extra challenge for little learners.

The set consists of 36 safe, smooth and tactile pebbles in six sizes and colours to spark your child’s curiosity, and encourage them to use their imagination to develop unique and interesting ways to incorporate them into play.

The activity set includes twenty double sided activity cards for inspiring ideas to create their own 2D and 3D objects, buildings and patterns.

Suitable for: 3 years

Sorting Bowls and Jumbo Tweezers Set

These Colour Sorting Bowls will provide hours of fun for children who love to sort and mix different items of treasure. These six colourful bowls allow children to fill them with any items they choose, inspiring imaginations and encouraging early maths skills, fine motor activities and colour recognition.

Pick up a pair of brightly coloured Tweezers in jumbo size, perfect for small hands and great for improving fine motor skills. This simple tool allows children to pick up a range of different sized objects for observation.

Edx Education’s Sorting Bowls and Tweezers Set will give everyone hours of fun, and you can add in a competition element depending on your abilities. Who can sort the fastest? Who can sort all the red items first?!

Suitable for: 18 months +

Eco-Friendly Tactile Shells

The Eco-Friendly Tactile Shells set is made from recycled rice husks and stems and includes 36 tactile sea shells. There are six different textures and three sizes, so they’re ideal for sensory play.

Place the shells into the bag and encourage children to reach into the bag using their hands to touch the surfaces. Ask them to describe what they feel as they match the different shells.

The shells are also wonderful for creative messy play when paired with play dough or damp sand. Children can have lots of fun creating patterns, pictures and letting their imaginations run wild!

Suitable for: 18 months +

Eco-Friendly Junior Rainbow Pebbles

The Eco-Friendly Junior Rainbow Pebbles includes 36 tactile pebbles made from recycled rice husk and stems. The set also comes with eight double-sided activity cards for hours of entertainment.

The activity cards hone children’s observation skills as they complete the pictures, or they can create their own unique designs. The pebbles can also be used for stacking and counting activities too.

Suitable for: 18 months +


The fun doesn’t stop there! Edx Education have so many different sorting and counting toys to choose from. There’s everything from vegetables to farm animals and bugs. And T-Rex fans are going to love the Dinosaur Counters!

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