Children follow a predictable pattern when they learn to sort. You can observe that children first develop basic sorting skills. With time and practice, they develop more complicated sorting skills. When they are very young, children group things that look very similar. They usually concentrate just on color or shape. By three years old, most children can sort objects into groups that belong together in the real world. For example, children can put toys that belong together in the same group. They can put all of the toys that are musical in one group, all of the kitchen toys in another group, and all of the tool-type toys in another group.
Children like to practice classifying and sorting. Young children can sort shells, cookies, doll clothes, and many other things. This is good practice for children. It is good for them to come up with possible categories and to try to fit each object into a category.
One of the first chores your toddler will be able to take on is helping with the laundry!
Practically speaking, you'll want to first teach him how to sort clothes according to how laundry is done in your home (sorting by whites v/s non-whites, bedding v/s wearables etc.)
Have your child carry the laundry to the washing machine, load the machine, measure the detergent and operate the machine too!
Seek your child's help in transferring the washed clothes to the dryer
Finally, let your child practice sorting clothes based on the rules you have set. Assign rules for sorting laundry - one day sort by matching clothes by person, another day by color and another day by size!
Other skills you can practice:
Let him gather all socks and find the matching pairs!
Pile the folded clothes based on rooms (kids clothes v/s parents v/s bathroom towels etc.)
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.