Sensory idea of teaching shapes to preschoolers
My preschooler knows about basic shapes. We started learning (yes its more of learning together than teaching ) shapes when our LO was about 22 months old. He even doodles basic shapes and enjoys drawing shapes in his Ipad apps!
One lazy afternoon when LO was super bored, I thought why not play some sensory activity. Most of the sensory activities (related to touch and feel) doesn’t work in his case as he dislikes his hands getting messy! So I thought of a simple idea – using a tooth pick to trace the shapes and then feel the shapes blindfolded.
Activity: Draw shapes on a paper (or download the worksheet here). Keep it on top of another paper (preferably dark construction paper). You can even tape the papers so that they don’t move. Now ask your child to use a toothpick to punch holes over the shapes/outlines. Once done, remove the paper on top. The construction paper below, would have a lovely shapes formed with lots of small holes. Turn the construction paper and ask your child to run his finger through the shapes and feel them!
Here is the worksheet with basic shapes. Feel free to download the worksheet – Click on the image and save the PDF file. Print it and use. Let me know if you have trouble in accessing.
Step 1: Keep the worksheet on top of a construction paper. Place them over a cloth so that its easy to use the tooth pick as well as your table doesn’t get spoiled. Use a toothpick to trace the shapes.
Pricking/toothpick tracing is almost done!
Step 2: Remove the construction paper, place it upside down. Run your finger over the tiny holes and feel the shape.
You may use a ribbon to close your eyes (blindfolded) and play guess the shape game!!!
Step 3: Stick the sheets to a glass window/door and enjoy light peeking through the tiny holes!
Apart from outlines, the worksheet that you have downloaded has solid shapes in different colors (Shown below). If you haven’t downloaded the worksheet you may do it here. [Click on the image and save the PDF file.]
Here are few more activities that we played -
1. Matching the shapes: Cut the solid shapes and let your child match them to their outlines/silhouettes.
2. Color the shapes: Ask your LO to paint the shapes with its outline color.