Why is it important to teach shapes this early to children?
Most might be thinking this way…they will learn everything in a while…why is it important
But we should know that the basic things the children notice are colours and shapes ….That are the two things through which they see the real world and relate it.
Colours, we have already discussed some activities in our previous blog
So now regarding shapes, it’s easy to learn the basic shapes such as circle and square.. whereas when it comes to pentagon, hexagon, trapezium etc. it’s mostly tough for kids to recognize it easily.
And for some children there are chances that they get confused with similar shapes, for instance circle and oval, rectangle and square etc. This is mainly because of they are not thorough with basic shapes and concepts.
In order to make our children familiarize the shapes it’s always better to teach them through games and activities, that they will enjoy learning and the concept of shapes remains in their mind for ever.
So here are some activities for children to familiarize the shapes
Activity 1: Jump on the shape
Draw or stick colour tapes on the floor in different shapes..Ask your child to jump on each shape as you say the name of the shape
Activity 2 : Feel the shape – Blind fold game
In a bowl hide the shapes along with rice or sand, tie a scarf on your child’s eye to blindfold him and ask him to take one shape out of the rice bowl and sense it with his hand and find which shape it is…
Activity 3: Shape sorting
Take some paper bags and mark different shapes on each paper bags…Provide some paper cutting of different shapes to your child. Ask him to sort each shape and put it in the respective paper bags
Activity 4: Shape the shape
In a paper draw any shape outline in different colour, provide your child with some colourfull pop sticks.
Ask him to recreate the drawn shape with pop sticks of the same colour as in the image provided
Activity 5: Find the right shape
Create some flash card with a shape on it along with some other shapes on the left side column. Ask the child to find the right shape and clip it with a cloth pin
Activity 6:Shapes in Real life
Provide your child with multiple real life shape images and ask him to sort respective shape images
You can download the activity sheet from the below link
Activity 7:Mask the shape
Provide a multi shape image to your child and give some shape cut outs. Ask him to mask the respective shape on the image
Activity 8: Count the shape
Provide a multi shape image like castle and ask the child how many triangles, circles and rectangles are there in the image