We were working on basic shapes last week with the toddlers. My tots love two things: glue sticks and reading books. So, I combined their two loves by creating them a Toddler Shape Book! They get to glue shapes into the book and then read it over and over again. Fun!
Considering my tots have a pretty short attention span, I created the book with only three shapes. A circle, square and triangle. I cut construction paper circles, squares and triangles from different colors of paper. I made sure not to cut all the same shapes out of the same color, as I did not want this to become to color sorting activity. I also cut different sizes and a different shape of triangles. Quick tip: I used the small square post-it notes for the squares- easy!
We layed out all 3 pages on the table and reviewed the name of each shape. I modeled how to glue the shape on the correct page. They caught onto this really quickly and while they worked, I was continuing to name the shapes they were touching. I was pretty amazed when my 3 year old put the two blue triangles together to make a square. You can see that on the 'triangle' page in the photo below. But, he was quite confused when the yellow triangles did not do the same thing! After all the gluing was done, I stapled the book together and we read it together.
What your Tot will learn:
- shape sorting - fine motor practice - names of shapes - gluing practice - naming colors - book handling skills -
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