Teaching Shapes

Technique 87 – Keep busy, have fun, and teach the shapes at the same time.

Shapes are all around us. Look around the room you are in, and you will see them.

* Do you have square tiles on your floor?

* Is your dresser in the shape of a rectangle?

* Do you have a round table next to a chair?

* Triangles may be harder to find, but you can make them by dividing any square in half.

You can also collect shapes. If you have a plastic beach pail or a container from your recycle bin, you can ask your child to go on a circle hunt. He or she may find parts of toys, a coaster, a doily, a plastic or paper plate, or any number of household items. You can do this same activity for other shapes like squares, triangles, and rectangles.

Parenting Insight…

It is comforting to know that you can teach young children with few or no materials… and the price is right!

March! The Month of the Rainbow

The half-circle is a perfect shape for coloring rainbows. Set up this activity in any way that is best for your child. As long as you remember ROY G BIV, you are set.


  1. Sunday, January 13, 2013

    Sally I have done several posts on play. Just searched and found one I thought that I would share.
    Play is very important. It allows your baby to laugh which keeps your baby happy and pleasant. Infants/toddlers love to play the chasing game and peek-a-boo. You should play these games and watch your infant/toddler giggle .Babies love when you tell them secrets. When you whisper in their ear they love it. These play sessions with you prepare your baby to enjoy playing with children when they get to school. Play brings out laughter and the sense of being loved. Some infants/toddlers enjoy tickling. Some love being tossed up in the air, but always be careful when you do that. Remember to find other games that make your baby laugh and make laughter a part of your infant/toddler day.

    One of the skills for school readiness that your child needs is the ability to play, with friends, alone and in a group setting. These skills are usually learned at home.

  2. Hi Daseta,

    I love this. Thank you so very much for sharing. Yes, having fun is amazingly important; and as you point out, it is so easy to do. What I like best about your ideas is that they come naturally. All you have to do is be together with your little one, and creativity will take over. Nothing complicated, nothing difficult. I totally believe that is the way it was meant to be.

    “We are all a product of our experiences. The better they are, the better we grow and develop.”

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