Sorting Bags

The original pattern and directions for these bags is found at

I printed out their free template, scanned it in to my computer, and reduced it down so that I’d be able to make a much smaller bag from a single sheet of 8.5 x 11 cardstock. My finished bags are 2.25 inches high, excluding the handles. The bags are simple and fun to make, you can cut through several pieces of cardstock at once to save time, and there’s no need to be a perfectionist. (When making the bags and you get to the part about slipping the handles through the slits in the side, I found it much easier to put the handle through from the outside of the bag to the inside, then from the inside back to the outside. Their instructions show it done from the inside out first.)

I made four of the bags in different colors, thinking they would be fun to use for sorting activities. What types of things can children sort? You’ll be able to come up with lots of ideas, but here are some to get you started:

Coins: Pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters.

Legos: Sort by color or size.

Shapes: Cut squares, circles, triangles and hearts out of construction paper.

Colors: Cut whatever shapes you want from different colors of paper.

Pasta: Different shapes.

Once you decide what will be sorted, put a sample of each object in front of the bag it belongs in. Let the kids come up with new ideas of things that can be sorted into the bags.


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