Look at this Find the Shapes activity – it’s amazing!
Who doesn’t love a good search? The hunt, the find – the excitement! My toddler was all about searching for shapes in this super easy Find the Shapes math activity.
Shapes are an important part of math and toddlers love learning about them. This activity focuses on finding and identifying shapes.
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Setting up Find the Shapes was almost too easy!
This math activity was so easy to set up – and my 3-year-old loved it. It was the perfect way to spend some time together and give her some time practicing her shapes.
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I rolled out the butcher paper and taped it to the wall. I always like giving my daughter the chance to work on a vertical surface – it’s super important for muscle development.
On the paper, I drew simple 2-dimensional shapes: squares, triangles, circles, and a few diamonds (rhombuses) just for fun.
First, we talked about attributes
With any shapes activity – we start by reviewing shapes and their attributes. I picked one drawing of each shape and we talked about it.
For example: A square has 4 sides and 4 points. A triangle has 3 sides and 3 points.
Then I gave her a single crayon and started her on her hunt!
My 3- year-old had the best time!
I modeled this activity off a Find Your Name activity from Days with Grey – I just substituted names for shapes.
I told her things like “Color all the squares purple” and off she’d go coloring all the circles.
This kept her occupied for so long!
A quick tip on shapes
It’s super important to vary the size of shapes so your kiddo is able to demonstrate an ability to recognize shapes in any form. We want them to understand why a circle is a circle, without size or color having any weight or merit on shapes identification.
I even put different types of triangles into this activity just for a little extra fun.
My daughter was so proud!
We left Find the Shapes hanging on our wall for a few days and she was beaming to show anyone who came over. This was a big step in learning shapes for her and I couldn’t help but share in her pride.
When will you try this shapes activity with your kids?