Easy Shape Activities for Preschoolers
Over the last few years I've shared a number of learning activities the kids and I have done at home. The boys always had fun with shape activities which create a strong foundation for math and geometry later on. I don't do many round-up posts because you can find all my easy ideas on my Giant List of Indoor Activities. However, just for fun since I have so many new readers, here are five ways to play with shapes that are perfect for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
All of these ideas are really easy to do at home with your preschool-age children and even if your goal is simply to keep your kids busy and entertained you can still sneak a little educational learning in.
- Explore pattern blocks. Do you have a tangram puzzle game? If your preschooler is not ready to replicate the printed image cards, show them how to put small blocks together to create larger shapes. We used a muffin tin to keep the shapes together (and keep from getting frustrated!).
- Replicate patterns with felt shapes. Repetition is a great activity for building pre-math skills. You could easily use pattern blocks (like the ones used in the above idea) for this if you don't want to cut out dozens of felt squares, circles and triangles!
- Explore 2-dimensional shapes and their 3-dimensional counterparts using blocks. This is a fun way to use all those blocks you have scattered all over the floor.
- Create patterns with Montessori triangles. Instead of purchasing expensive wooden Montessori triangles, I made mine out of craft foam using a pattern I found online.
- Bake cookie fractions! This was one of my sillier ideas. It didn't come out perfectly, but we had fun and it was a tasty way to learn about the relationship between shapes and fractions.