Preschool Sorting Activity Using Recycled Denim Pockets
A homemade pocket organizer provides counting and matching games to support early math skills. This fun sorting activity is easy to make with recycled denim pockets.
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Do you have a well-worn pair of 'denims' you're about to send to the landfill?
This project is a great way to recycle an item of clothing, while creating a fun activity for your preschooler.
Simply remove the pockets from denim jeans to use in a homemade sorting game.
The fabric panel for the game is easy to make with or without a sewing machine.
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Preschool math activity with denim pockets
This DIY project is a fun way to start a conversation around recycling with your kids.
This might include repurposing or recycling clothing in the following ways:
- sending to donation boxes or nearly-new retail
- sharing with friends and relatives
- reusing as cleaning rags or drop cloths
- keeping on hand as kids paint shirts
Teachers and parents appreciate finding ways to recycle materials to provide opportunities for learning through play.
A pocket chart is such a fun way to recycle denim!
Before sending your worn out 'denims' to the landfill, create this denim pockets game.
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Supplies for pocket panel
We used a sewing machine for this project but you can also sew the pockets on by hand.
1. Remove denim pockets from clothing.
2. Lay the pockets onto a fabric panel. Pin in place.
3. Stitch three sides, leaving the top open.
4. Fold over the top of the panel to make a rod pocket. Stitch in place
5. Insert a dowel for hanging the panel.
How to play math games
Stitch felt squares of different colors to the pockets or apply with a glue gun.
- Insert the foam shape into the pocket with the matching color.
Stitch or glue numerals on each pocket.
- In this example we used paper numerals.
Collect items that will fit in the pockets for counting and sorting.
Decorate pockets to reinforce counting skills.
- In this example we used self-adhesive stars and foam numerals.
- We used a deck of cards with images and numerals along with the items such as craft sticks and feathers.
Hang the panel on a wall or door where it is accessible. Kids can choose from a variety of materials you provide, or simply find objects that will fit in the pockets.
This is a great activity for engaging fine motor, counting and reasoning skills.
Everybody in the early learning community loves a simple DIY, especially when it can be done with supplies on hand. This is one project that does just that.
A denim pocket 'chart' is fun math play for early learners, and a great way to recycle your favorite pair of worn jeans.