Teaching your preschooler about their shapes is fun and easy to do! First you will want to teach your child using pictures, spoken words and written words the following shapes:
Next you will want to read a few books about shapes. Shape by Shape by
Suse MacDonald is a bright, sturdy and colorful book that your preschooler age 3 and older will love.
Another great book is The Shape of Me and Other Stuff (Bright & Early Books(R))by Dr. Seuss.
The + Educational Workbooks ~ Colors & Shapes (Pre K-K) by Creative Edge is an inexpensive and vital workbook to use with your preschooler to reinforce all of the shapes learned:
Don't forget an entertaining and educational shapes dvd or video. My son loved the Sesame Street: Guess That Shape and Color video, which is available as a dvd now. This is one we watched over and over again!
Other fun ideas are...
1. Have a scavenger hunt to find hidden shapes in the room/classroom, or items in different shapes (ie. a book that is square)
2. Fold paper to make various shapes.
3. Jump in the Shape- Use masking tape to make big shapes on the floor. Then you can call out a shape and have your child run to the shape as fast as they can and jump in it. Be sure you have plenty of room, or have a few students play at a time.
4. Use pre-cut bath sponges that are shaped like shapes to sponge paint a picture.
5. Play a shapes game, like Goodie Games - Cookie Shapes by Learning Resources, Colors & Shapes Bingo Game by Trend Enterprises Inc., Learning Resources Smart Snacks Sorting Shape Cupcakes Game by Learning Resources, PuzzleBug Learning Shapes 24 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, or the Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock by Melissa & Doug.