Shapes for toddlers using contact paper
This is a simple learning activity which attempts to teach shapes to toddlers. Toddler learning games and activities are bit hard to accomplish because of the sheer nature of that little person. [highlight bg=”#DDFF99″ color=”#000000″]Instead of doing a learning activity at a table, I gave them an opportunity to move about while learning.[/highlight]
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- 4 pack colored contact paper
- Construction Paper
I just peeled the backing off the contact paper and used tape to stick the 4 sheets to the wall sticky side up. I also drew a large shape on each color for my toddler to match.
Using colored paper, I cut out 4 basic shapes for my toddler to recognize.
I set out my paper shapes for them and it was sticking time.
Baby A matched the shape on the contact paper to her paper cut outs. If you have more than 1 child, you could easily set up a friendly game. [highlight bg=”#DDFF99″ color=”#000000″]Place the shapes far away from the wall with the contact paper and have the kids run to the wall to stick the shape.[/highlight]
The sticky side gives the kids a big kick. Sticking, peeling and adjusting to make sure all the sides are stuck are all great for fine motor development.
Here is a collaborative effort from the girls. It is darling to see Big A get terribly upset when her sister makes a small mistake. That’s her shouting out instructions. I usually have to calm her down from over-helping her sister.
The girls had much fun that baby A requested for more shapes.
With the extra paper scraps, the kids made some simple contact paper art here. Big A was very curious and tried sticking everything in sight to see if they will hold up. The younger one was very eager to peel off the shapes.
This toddler learning activity has so much potential that you either expand in many directions.
- Patterns for preschoolers and simple ones for toddlers too.
- Combine color recognition with shape recognition for toddlers. Simple prompts like “Do you want to stick the blue square on the red sticky paper?”
- Make funny faces with the shapes.
If you love contact paper just like we do, check out Learn with play at home’s comprehensive contact paper post.
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For more fun shapes and math ideas, follow our Math Play pin board where I pin great ideas from around the web.
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