Interested in learning games for toddlers? Here is an easy one that will be fun and useful to your kid: a DIY shape matching activity. No shiny expensive materials, just cardboard and colors. Let the fun math for toddlers begin!
- a sharpie
- a large piece of cardboard (to use as a board)
- a smaller one (to cut out the same shapes)
- a bit of paint (of your choice)
HOW-TO MAKE THE PLAY SET:
Why I love these materials:
- cheap – zero cost actually
- green (reusing old cardboard, making use of what is already around)
- use what you’ve got at home (no trips to a store)
- simple to play (self explanatory, error control)
- encouraging fine motor development, hand-eye coordination, …
HOW TO PLAY:
The aim of the game is to get all shapes into the right outlines, like this:
Prepare: I placed the board on the floor, arranged the cutout shapes beside it and invited my child to play a new game. Curious to see what was waiting for him this time, he was immediately beside me, soaking in everything he saw, like a little sponge.
You may also want to ask several introductory questions if you feel they are helpful:
Is this a triangle or a circle?
Which one is square?
Where do you think goes this one? Is it the same shape?
You can place a piece or two on the board, your child will quickly realize what it’s all about.
BONUS HINT (or: learn from my mistakes)