Teaching children about shapes can be a fun and engaging activity that can help them develop their cognitive, language, and motor skills.
Teaching Children About Shapes
Here are some tips on how to teach children about shapes:
Introduce basic shapes: Start by introducing basic shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles. You can do this by pointing out shapes in the environment, such as a circle clock or square window. Experience Curriculum Toddler and Preschool programs provide Circle Time displays and shape materials so you can introduce and focus on a new shape each month.
Use hands on materials: Use hands on materials such as foam shapes, manipulatives, playdough or shape games to help toddlers and preschoolers recognize and identify shapes.
Use simple language: Use simple language when describing shapes, such as “this is a circle” or “this is a square”. Repeat the name of the shape several times to reinforce the concept.
Practice tracing and drawing: Encourage children to trace shapes with their fingers or with a pencil on a piece of paper. This will help them develop their motor skills and reinforce their understanding of shapes.
Play shape games: Play games that involve shapes, such as shape puzzles, shape sorting, or shape matching games. Add a sensory component to play to make it engaging.
Make shape crafts: Create shape crafts with toddlers, such as star wands or making a shape collage. Each month find shape Make & Play or Invitation to Create art projects in Experience Toddler or Experience Preschool curriculum.
Read shape books: Read books about shapes. This will help children learn about different shapes and reinforce their understanding of them.
Make learning about shapes fun and engaging for young children with quality research-based activities included in Experience Curriculum kits. By using a variety of activities and materials, you can help them develop their understanding of shapes and strengthen their cognitive, language, and motor skills.