I want to share with you a simple, hands-on shape activity that I have done with my daughters, who are 3years and 4years old. I will also share my printable Montessori inspired three-part cards that we used with the activity.
When it comes to my children's learning, I like to take the approach of "follow the child" as I believe that a child will be engaged and learn more when they are interested in what they are learning. With this shape activity, it started with my daughters being interested in this small wooden shape puzzle.
I could see them taking the pieces out of the puzzle and putting them back in again. So I took this interest and extended it by making three-part cards and presenting it to them.
For my youngest daughter (2years old), I gave her the first set of cards so the activity was more at her level and so she wouldn't get confused with so many cards. She spread the cards out and easily matched up the shapes to the cards. By her doing this, I was able to see how much she already knew about shapes (eg. shape names).
For my older daughter (4years old) I gave her the whole set of three-part cards and she worked hard at matching the cards and shapes together.
I love this hands-on approach to learning as my daughters are learning pre-reading skills, develop their problem solving skills and directing their learning through play.
You can now download get a copy of my Montessori Shape Cards. If you would like to see more Shape activity ideas, visit my pinterest board.