All I had on a trip to visit my in laws was some blue painters tape; so I created tape shapes to help my children practice names and attributes of shapes while having some fun!
I quickly taped up the floor and watched the ideas flow from their minds. Being bored can certainly bring out creativity, and I was so happy to see them go from begging for screen time to thinking creatively and getting active.
Earlier in the day, we had gone to a beautiful beach on the California coast and collected a mountain of colorful rocks.
With rocks as their newest obsession, the girls started organizing the small stones around the tape. This could be done with any kind of item: cars, pom poms, figures.
Lining up toys is a wonderful quiet time activity, and kids love looking at their collections in new ways. We revisited this one again during the baby's nap.
Never miss an opportunity to turn learning into a gross motor game! For my kids, learning is most fun when they're not sitting down.
With my older daughter (4.5 years at the time), I wanted to build knowledge of attributes of shapes. So, I called out descriptors and attributes for her to find and run/walk/jump to.
With Lil Sis (18 months), she's just being exposed to shapes, I called out names of shapes. She also loves the Sticky Wall Shape Sort.
For a more independent game, the girls played a hopscotch adjacent game where they would run and jump through all the tape. They took turns leading who would be the leader and also tried out different kinds of movements. Some examples kids love: run, jump, hop on one foot, gallop, swim, etc.
Susie from Busytoddler.com uses tape shapes to sort household objects like blocks, books, balls, and more. As kids play they're comparing and contrasting the attributes of shapes as they sort.
Looking for even more ways to play with attributes of shapes? Check out these 3D Shapes activities that explore shape names, attributes, and comparing and contrasting 2D vs 3D shapes.
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