The best part about taking on an activity is the improvisation. Unlike a baking recipe, there’s no point to following it to the letter! I will suggest materials but please use whatever you think works. Please don’t buy anything. Our houses are cluttered enough…
Objective: exposure to shapes and recognizing them in different forms
Bonus : getting them to match the shapes
***Note: if you have an important party/picture-taking event later on in the day, just skip ahead to guideline # 4)
- Cookie cutters or toy shapes from your collection of fit-the-shape-in-the-right-holes
- Play dough or sand or anything that will mold the cookie cutter/shape cutter
- Stamp pad or any kind of paint
- Scrapbook or notebook or paper (I keep a scrapbook so all her paper art is in one place. It was an extra thing I had lying around the house.)
Play guidelines: (Again, the FUN is in the improvising. Your kid and my kid are different)
- Clear the table of everything but the materials listed above. She’s intrigued by the materials so she’ll actually pack away with excitement.
- Stamp the shape cutters into the stamp pad and onto the paper. Give her a shot at it and tell her what shapes they are.
- If this does not impress her, try stamping her left and right hands with two different shapes. Suddenly, she can differentiate between a heart and star because they’re tattooed on her (It’s a moment.)
- When you run out of body parts to stamp, flatten the dough and “stamp” them with the different shapes.
- She can try removing the dough from the shape cutter– great for practicing hand-eye coordination. Warning: she will get frustrated.
- Lay out all the dough shapes and review the names and the number of hearts, stars, circles etc you made
- Ask her match the dough shape and the shape cutter
- Ask her to find a particular shape and place in a container.
- For the rest of the day, refer to her dough and tattoos and find the same shapes around the house. I have found the tattoos to be most effective.
Have fun and let me know how you made this activity your own!
Source: Play Activities