Learning shapes is an important step in your child’s development, so it’s important to make it a priority. That might sound like a bit of a chore, but that’s not the case – it doesn’t have to be difficult at all! Teaching basic shapes can be fun and can be worked into your day-to-day routine. You can point out shapes to your toddler as you pass road signs or billboards and point out shapes of objects around your house in nature. Today’s little minds are drawn to technology as entertainment, and this affinity can be combined with learning as well.
Launched in January 2019, Mathlingo is a free mobile app compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. This app uses fun and endearing animated sea creatures to captivate kids while they learn. Mathlingo provides toddlers an interactive learning experience that introduces basic shapes. Toddlers are able to learn the recognition of basic shapes and matching skills. In addition to teaching shapes to toddlers, Mathlingo also offers toddlers the chance to learn basic math skills such as counting, addition, and subtraction. Mathlingo is available on iOS and android and can be downloaded at: Google App store or the Apple store.
Shapes Scavenger Hunt
Going on a shapes scavenger hunt is an excellent way for your toddler to learn basic shapes and have a great time doing it! Children love adventure and a scavenger hunt is a great way for your toddler to identify basic shapes in common objects. As you take your trek, point out objects that have basic shapes. These objects can be collected and then counted at the end of the scavenger hunt (math skills too!), At the end of the day, your toddler can save and display found objects as souvenirs to remember the adventure!
Making a shapes collage is a visual and hands-on experience for toddlers who are learning basic shapes. To begin, you and your toddler can cut out shapes from magazines, newspapers, construction paper, felt, or fabric. You can also cut out pictures of objects that have basic shapes. Then, you can glue these shapes onto the surface of your choice. Suggestions would be paper plates, construction paper, index cards, or pieces of wood. You can talk with your toddler as you work, introducing basic shape terminology such as “square”, “circle”, and “triangle. This activity is loads of fun and your toddler will end up with a masterpiece!
Learning shapes is such an exciting time for toddlers and these are the 3 easy ways for them to learn basic shapes. They won’t be the only ones having fun because you will be having loads of fun interacting with them and watching them learn.