We are starting our kindergarten science unit on sorting this week. Normally we use Chex Mix as a fun (and tasty) way to practice sorting. Chex Mix is great for sorting by shape, size, color, and texture. This year I want to spice it up a little bit and use a Fall-inspired recipe. By recipe I mean my 5-year-old and I dumped in things that sounded good! Really any snacks that you love mixed together would work.
Here’s what we used:
- Pretzel sticks
- Chex cereal
- Mini marshmallows
- Candy corn
- Mini chocolate Chips (I wanted to use the candy corn M&Ms, but Publix was out of them. If you can find those, I highly recommend them!)
Now we have a delicious and easy snack that’s great for sorting. I’m going to share my Fall “recipe” with my students on Tuesday just in case they want to make the same one and we will do our sorting activity on Thursday. They’re invited to bring any kind of snack to class that they can sort.
(Reminder: I have Class Time with my students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so that is the only time I am live with them)
I’m going to challenge my students to sort their snack in a way that makes sense to them and then share how they sorted. This mix lends itself to sorting in a variety of ways because lots of shapes, colors, textures, and sizes are present.
Have you ever made a snack mix like this? Let me know your must-have additions in the comments!