Friday, August 29, 2014

Shape Touch and Find Game

Now that Chuck is almost 3 I'm trying to do more educational activities with him.  Besides learning our numbers, we're also working on identifying different shapes.  Here's a fun shape activity that we've recently been doing together.        

Let's learn about shapes!


Shape Touch and Find Game:  A great way to teach shapes and math to little kids

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Early childhood mathematics education is something I feel quite strongly about.  Before I was a mommy, I was working on my doctorate degree in education. Although I never finished writing my dissertation (for reasons that you can about here),  I did spend  many years observing and studying how preschool children learn mathematics.  I also had the wonderful opportunity to work on a research-based preschool math curriculum called  Big Math For Little Kids.

This Touch and Find Shape game is one of my favorites from that curriculum.  It's a great activity because it helps young children to learn the number of sides and corners in shapes in a really fun and interactive way. 

Let's play the touch and find shape game!




Let's Learn about Shapes!

paint your cardboard shapes

Cut out two (or more if you have more players) sets of shapes.  I cut out some ovals, rectangles, triangles, squares, circles, pentagons from cardboard.  Then, Chuck and I painted them. Then, I drew faces on them.  (Why?  Because they just looked cuter that way.)

If you don't have cardboard lying around, you could always make yours out of foam sheets.  (You just want your shapes to be slightly 3D so your child can really touch and feel the sides and corners.  Construction paper wouldn't be a great idea because you'll get a ton of paper cuts.  Ouch!)


place your shapes into brown paper bags

Grab two brown paper bags and you're ready to play the game!

1.  First you'll teach your child about each shape.  Show your child a set of the shapes.  Together, identify
  • each shape's name
  • the number sides 
  • and the number of corners   
2.  Then, place both sets of shapes into separate brown paper bags.  Give one bag to yourself and child.  

3.  Shake up the paper bags and pull out a shape from your bag.  Identify the shape's name and the numbers of sides/ and or corners.  Now tell your child to reach into his or her bag and pull out the same shape from his/her bag without looking. 

Yup.  They have to feel the sides and corners of the shapes in their bag to choose the right one.

4.  Once they pull out a shape, check their work by verifying that their shape has the correct number of sides and corners.

Is it a triangle?  Let's count the corners!

reach into the bag and find the cardboard shapes!

Yup!  He's got a triangle too.

we found the right shape in the bag


5.  Place your two matching shapes aside.  Then, keep going!  Take turns choosing shapes and finding matching ones from your bags.

And that's it!  The game is only a couple of minutes tops, but it does a good job of showing children what's important when identifying shapes.

We've played this game 3x this week and Chuck's getting better and better at it.  At first it was really hard for him to not peek into the bag.  Now he's getting much better at knowing what to do.  He still doesn't know all of the shapes yet, but I feel happy that he's having fun and learning some mathematics at the same time.

Now if you want to see some other easy ways you can teach young children science, math, or engineering ideas, check the links below:



And you can always find other fun ideas on my Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts!

Have a great weekend and happy learning!


16 comments:

  1. LOVE THIS! I did something similar using pre-made foam shapes...but I am looking forward to trying this version with my three yr old class...they will LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

    Erica@mylittlesonbeam.blogspot.com

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    1. Awesome. Those premade foam shapes are great. We just don't have any lying around. Hope the activity goes well with your class!

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  2. fun activity for learning shapes. And I love the faces you added to them!

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    1. Thanks Susen! Glad you liked the activity. I think faces make everything more fun, don't you? :)

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  3. What a wonderful game! I wish I could draw faces like you.

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    1. Aw thanks Katie! I'm sure your faces are super cute too. :D

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