True confession #2: Since I'm using the empty containers for a learning activity, I can justify the candies... um, I mean breath mints. I'm not having those for myself, it's for the children!
See? Each empty tin makes a good place to sort 2 items, and 4 empty tins means 8 places to sort things.
My kiddos have always loved teeny tiny things - I recently blogged about our teeny tiny notebooks , and I've often mentioned our sensory bins full of all manner of items for the children to manipulate. This tiny activity is one of my favorites, because it's a super easy, quick, FREE math center that engages young children for a long time!
As you can see, all I did was put a variety of seasonal items into a pretty dish, and put out the empty altoid tins with it. In this case I've included plastic jewels, pompons, beads, jingle bells, and some small pictures. I also like offering foam shapes, they usually come in a container with 6-10 different shapes, which are also usually 6-8 different colors, so we can sort by shape or by color.
(The pictures I used in this sorting tray are from a Christmas counting center that I just finished putting together, which is available in my TeachersPayTeachers store.)