When I first started teaching my son how to recognize different shapes, I would draw them on a piece of paper, point, and tell him what each shape was. Before too long he would get bored and move on to a toy with wheels or sound and leave me in the dust. It didn’t take me long to realize I was going about my teaching style all wrong. He needed something to touch and feel in his hands to be more interested in learning his shapes. So I turned my original boring shape activity into a reusable, hands-on, and very easy-to-make Shape Recognition Activity with colorful felt shapes that can be stuck on and peeled off over and over.
Below is a list of supplies you’ll need to make this Shape Recognition Activity. If you’re a teacher or know someone who has access to a laminating machine, you’ll save big on this project but if you don’t then I suggest springing for an inexpensive laminating machine from Amazon. It won’t be the last time you use it, especially if you’re the crafty type.
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- Shape recognition worksheet
- Laminating machine
- 11 sheets of different colored felt
- Clear Velcro dots
- Print out 2 of the Shape Recognition Worksheets and laminate one of them. This is the laminator that I use. It’s cheap and easy to operate.
- Cut out each shape from the worksheet you did not laminate.
- Trace each shape onto a piece of colored felt and cut them out. Remember to use a different color for each shape, if possible.
- Apply Velcro dots to the laminated Shape Recognition Worksheet and to each felt shape. I used the soft side on the shapes and the stiff side on the worksheet.
You can also use this Shape Recognition Activity to help your preschooler practice their color recognition and counting skills. And the best part of this worksheet is that it can be used over and over again.
What are some of your favorite ways to teach your preschooler their shapes? Have you tried my DIY Shape Recognition Activity? Let me know how yours turned out. Share in the comments below.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.