Sequencing Activities for Preschoolers

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Through sequencing, preschoolers can learn how to follow directions and understand why events happen in a particular order. You can help your preschoolers practice sequencing using the visual, hands-on activities listed below.

Sequencing Letters and Numbers

Preschoolers usually have their first foray into sequencing when they practice reciting their ABCs and counting numbers. An easy way for young children to practice letter sequencing is by ordering lettered index cards. The same can be done for numbers. These activities can help your preschoolers exhibit their comprehension skills. To reinforce learning of the alphabet, check out some of the Alphabet Lessons for Kindergarten and Preschool on

Sequencing the Events in a Story

Help children understand the order of events in a story by having them draw pictures of the major events from that story, then arrange them in the order they occurred. This activity helps preschoolers demonstrate pre-reading skills. has a Story Sequencing: Activities & Games lesson that you can use as a resource for more ideas.

Following a Recipe

One real-life application of sequencing can be found in the kitchen. Have students follow the steps of a recipe to prepare an easy dish. Use picture instructions if necessary. This activity works best if you provide modeling before students complete the task on their own. Explore other applications of sequencing in daily life in this Sequencing in Teaching: Definitions and Examples lesson.

Plant Life Cycle Puzzle

Teach students about the life cycle of a pumpkin plant by providing individual pictures of the seed, sprout, bloom, emergent pumpkin and the full grown pumpkin. Gauge their understanding by asking students to put the pictures in the order they occur. You can preface this activity by using the Life Cycle of a Plant: Lesson for Kids to discuss each stage.

Charting Daily Routines

Have students create a chart of the daily activities they perform, such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth and eating dinner. Discuss why each task is performed in that order and compare charts to see if others complete steps in a different order. You can also have students chart daily classroom routines. You can refer to the Establishing Daily Classroom Routines lesson to help you with classroom management ideas.

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