Teaching children can be a daunting challenge, choosing between all the different methods and apparatus can be dizzying. With younger minds, it’s always best to engage them in ways that are as functional as they are fun and you’d be surprised how quickly they can pick up new concepts and learning through play.
Learning your shapes really are the building blocks of a good education, it forms the basis for geometry, maths and communicative skills that will be used throughout their life. That being said here are 4 of our favorite ways to teach your child shapes through play.
1. Arts and Crafts
It’s no surprise that your children love to get a little mucky, breaking out the crayons or the glue and some glitter is a great way to get them excited. Introducing shapes into the process is an easy step and you can get them to create you a picture using only squares, or only triangles. Set them a challenge for them to overcome and they’ll quickly get to know the shape they are working with.
Mathlingo is a brilliant new app available on any tablet or smartphone. With its bright colors, fun characters and focus on the fun it will keep your child smiling all whilst it steadily delivers a heavy dose of creatively communicated learning. The shapes syllabus especially is beautifully created to provide games that will keep your child clicking through to the next one and begging for more.
If you have an actual sandbox great, but this game works just as well if you fill a smaller container with sand too. The idea is simple; you bury specific shapes and then get your child to find them for you. You can get them to carefully sift through the sand and unearth one shape at a time and get them to tell you what it is, check their understanding by asking what things they know that are of a particular shape or where they’ve seen it before. Children will find the joy in any task set and this one, in particular, can be a lot of fun if you turn it into a game.
4. Tidying Up
Now this one sounds like it might not be that fun at all, but hear us out. Grouping shapes or things of a similar nature together is an important part of learning to recognize a pattern. By getting your child to group things into piles you can quickly gauge their understanding of a concept. Create a pile for triangles, squares or more complex by introducing colors as well. Red triangles here, pink squares there. By playing and seeing who can collect all their blocks into tidy piles first you can have a lot of fun with this very simple game.