Categories are a group of items with shared characteristics, like color, shape, size or purpose.

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Why teach categories?

Categorising (or sorting by type) helps your student develop both literacy and numeracy skills. It provides a foundation upon which words are learned, related, stored and recalled.

A sound grasp of categories encourages your student to comprehend, retain and convey information with ease.


Categories Flashcards Set

  • 40 double-sided cards, measuring 5.9” x 3.9” (10 x 15 cm)

  • On the front is a clear and interesting image of an item

  • On the reverse is the item’s name and its category, like ‘car’ and the category ‘transport’

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 Teaching Targets

cat, dog, horse, tiger, monkey

kettle, microwave, mixer, sewing machine, toaster

belt, jacket, dress, hat, shoes

bread, cherries, chicken, doughnut, pizza

bed, cabinet, chair, couch, table

guitar, piano, tambourine, violin, xylophone

building blocks, spinning top, teddy bear, wooden car, wooden train

bus, boat, car, motorbike, plane

 Teaching Support

Comes with a step-by-step activities guide, suitable for early through to more advanced learners. Activity ideas cover:

  • touching
  • sorting
  • saying
  • plus more ideas for everyday life

 Premium Quality

Beautifully printed on high-quality stock and packaged in a sturdy box with a removable lid.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can use these cards with both verbal and non-verbal students. A non-verbal student could sort the cards by type, such as animals, appliances and transport. They could also identify (by touch) the correct card among a field of 4 to 6 cards. For example, the teacher might ask a student to “Touch the food” or “Touch the toy”.

We’ve selected categories your student is likely to come across in their everyday lives, such as food and transport. This makes it easier for them to relate to and understand.

It also gives the teacher an opportunity to easily extend their teaching to other items within that group. For example, you can give the student examples of other food items (such as a pear, a sandwich and a slice of cheese) and clothing items (such as a swimsuit, a pair of pyjamas and a beanie) during the teaching session. A fun activity with a young student might involve them finding other items from around their home (such as a toy truck for the transport category and a stuffed bear for the animal category).

Categories are a group of items with shared characteristics, be it color, shape, size or what it’s used for. The process of categorising (or sorting by type) helps students develop both their literacy and numeracy skills. Knowing how to categorise gives us a foundation to learn, relate, store and recall words.

When a student is learning about categories they are enhancing their vocabulary, which encourages better comprehension and retention of information. And knowing how to categorise is a prerequisite skill for understanding more advanced items with shared character numerical concepts, such as grouping numbers that are odd/even or larger than/smaller than.

Five images (cards) per category have been intentionally included to cater to the types of activities this set is designed for. For example, a number of cards per category are helpful for sorting cards by type (eg by transport, appliance, animal). Likewise, having plenty of examples works well with matching activities, such as finding a card belonging to the same category as shown by the teacher, among a field of cards on a table.

These are lovely cards! And there are so many different ways you can have fun learning with them. I have used them with a friend who had a stroke, who really enjoys them.


Very useful, large cards. The cards are sturdy and so is the box. Recommend.


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