Category Archives: Shapes

Summer of Shapes: Oval & Rectangle

Kent was 25 months old.

Since we fell so far behind I started covering two shapes every week.

We learned the ASL signs for oval, rectangle, and purple.

I don’t have many pictures related to our theme. We used our “A Rectangle Can Be…” cards, the Lauri toys rectangle and stacking pegs, and a beginning pattern block puzzle with rectangles and ovals. I added rectangle and oval buttons to his playdough bin. I didn’t get to it but thought of adding a deodorant dispenser top to the bin for pressing oval shapes in to the dough.

He decorated printouts for our shape display. I couldn’t find shapes with the names printed inside of them so I made my own. That way we can cut them out and still have them labeled. If you want my templates let me know and I’ll e-mail them to you.

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I gave him this sheet from Memorizing the Moments in a page protector so he could erase and redo it.

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The week was mostly filled with random activities of his choice.

He made a "horse" out of a pretzel.

He made a “horse” out of a pretzel.

He played with this toy.  It sits out in our living room all the time.  Lately, he has really been drawn to it.

He played with this toy. It sits out in our living room all the time. Lately, he has really been drawn to it.

He practiced making himself a PB&J.

He practiced making himself a PB&J.

He made tall towers of blocks!

He made tall towers of blocks!

He mastered stickers this week and had fun putting them all on the birthday card they came with.  Prior to this he would get frustrated and stop after one or two stickers.

He mastered stickers this week and had fun putting them all on the birthday card they came with. Prior to this he would get frustrated and stop after one or two stickers.

We’ve been visiting the library all along but I guess I’ve been forgetting to photograph our favorites.

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Summer of Shapes: Star

Clockwise from top left: playdough bin, paper and star stickers, sweeping activity, stacking pegs, puzzle, Lincoln logs.

Clockwise from top left: playdough bin, paper and star stickers, sweeping activity, stacking pegs, puzzle, Lincoln logs.

Sweeping activity: star shaped buttons and taped star.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to make a star out of tape!?

Sweeping activity: star shaped buttons and taped star. Do you have any idea how hard it is to make a star out of tape!?

The puzzle tray was replaced with a containers and lids activity after I took the picture.

The puzzle tray was replaced with a containers and lids activity after I took the picture.  Like his nice bruise?  He had a disagreement with a feed trough in the barn.

He did really well and learned to remove and replace the two piece canning lids.  Of course it was fun to see what other pieces fit together.

He did really well and learned to remove and replace the two piece canning lids. Of course it was fun to see what other pieces fit together.

He had fun painting these birthday cards for our July group.

He had fun painting these birthday cards for our July group.

This wasn't on a tray but he found a bag of pom poms so I got out his melon baller and tongs.

This wasn’t on a tray but he found a bag of pom poms so I got out his melon baller and tongs.

Montessori theory is so accurate: he is definitely interested in transferring activities!

Montessori theory is so accurate: he is definitely interested in transferring activities!

We learned the ASL signs for star, moon, and yellow. We did “circle time” for the first time and he LOVED it! More on that later. I hung a couple more hooks in the kitchen within his reach so he has a place to put his bib if it’s clean enough to use again.

This post is linked to:  Tot School Gathering Place

Shape Milk Caps

Kent was 24 months old.

We did some Triangle activities the week of June 9-15 but somehow I can’t find any pictures! After that I was consumed with the thought that baby could come any time and Kent was spending a lot of time with his Dad. So, we didn’t do much Tot School for awhile. We eased back in to it the week of July 21.

This was something I came up with in a rush on my first day home alone as a mama of two. I wanted to have plenty to keep Kent busy so I had this ready and waiting when he woke up.

I used permanent markers to make shapes on bottle caps and an old muffin pan.

I used permanent markers to make shapes on bottle caps and an old muffin pan.

I floated the milk caps in a cake pan of water and put it out with a strainer on an old towel.

I floated the milk caps in a cake pan of water and put it out with a strainer on an old towel.

He played with it for most of an hour off and on. He matched up a few but had more fun stacking them and trying to stack them while they floated.

The marker came off the pan with a brillo pad and I saved the caps for another day.

Summer of Shapes: Square

Kent was 22 months old.

Trays clockwise from top left: playdough bin, sponge transferring, clothespin clipping, stacker pegs, form fitter, "A Square Can Be..." cards.

Trays clockwise from top left: playdough bin, sponge transferring, clothespin clipping, stacker pegs, form fitter, “A Square Can Be…” cards.

I had fun with this one!  The dough is homemade and has kept for a couple months now in ziplocs.  This was the first week so I put in a cookie cutter, butter knife, and a laminated copy of the square road map.

I had fun with this one! The dough is homemade and has kept for a couple months now in ziplocs. This was the first week so I put in a cookie cutter, rolling cutter, and a laminated copy of the square road map.

Transferring water between two bowls with a sponge.  This one was fun but be prepared for inevitable pouring!

Transferring water between two bowls with a sponge. This one was fun but be prepared for inevitable pouring!

After seeing in circle week that holding the color wheel and clipping was too hard I cut the lip of a food container and gave him little clips to practice with.  Part way through the week I swapped out the small clips for regular sized ones.  They aren't that much harder to open and they are more sturdy and easier for him to grip.

After seeing in circle week that holding the color wheel and clipping was too hard I cut the lip of a food container and gave him little clips to practice with. Part way through the week I swapped out the small clips for regular sized ones. They aren’t that much harder to open and they are more sturdy and easier for him to grip.

The stacker pegs turned in to a great toy for imaginative play.  Here he got our his pot set and was cooking some!

The stacker pegs turned in to a great toy for imaginative play. Here he got our his pot set and cooked some!

The Form Fitter has been a hit, we return to it at every age.  One side opens so last year he learned to dump the pieces out and put them back in through the door.  Now he can put some of the simple shapes through their holes.  It is pretty tricky even for me because some of the pieces look very similar.

The Form Fitter has been a hit, we return to it at every age. One side opens so last year he learned to dump the pieces out and put them back in through the door. Now he can put some of the simple shapes through their holes. It is pretty tricky even for me because some of the pieces look very similar.

Another new addition: an art bin.  Each week I put in supplies for a few themed crafts.

Another new addition: an art bin. Each week I put in supplies for a few themed crafts.

Our felt board and different sized squares.

Our felt board and different sized squares.

This is significant - around this time he started focusing on smaller, specific areas instead of mindlessly scrawling all over the page.

This is significant – around this time he started focusing on smaller, specific areas instead of mindlessly scrawling all over the page.

His gears were a Christmas gift from Daddy.  They are accessible all the time.  He can put them on pretty well now.

His gears were a Christmas gift from Daddy. They are accessible all the time. He can put them on pretty well now.

We love our magnadoodle!  The shape stampers are perfect for introduce the shapes and going over their names.  I also write out each shape name and sound it out for him a few times each week.

We love our magnadoodle! The shape stampers are perfect for introduce the shapes and going over their names. I also write out each shape name and sound it out for him a few times each week.

Practical life: practice carrying a tray.  He can almost always get them out and put them away without spilling now.

Practical life: practice carrying a tray. He can almost always get them out and put them away without spilling now.

He was excited to have more pegs to stack and be able to go higher.

He was excited to have more pegs to stack and be able to go higher.

Just a smile to brighten your week. :)

Just a smile to brighten your week. 🙂

I’d rather get these posts up without links than not at all.  If you want more information on any of the toys or printables you see just comment and I’ll try to get back to you.

Do you remember learning about shapes as a child?

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Summer of Shapes: Circle

Kent was 22 months old.

After doing our colors and some fun miscellaneous themes last year we were ready for something else to carry us through the summer months.  Why not shapes!?  I was a bit skeptical that Kent would actually pick up on the shapes and learn to identify them.  However, the same thing that happened with our color themes has been happening with the shape themes.  He seems oblivious to what I’m trying to show him, and then weeks later he pipes up with “Triangle!” and I realize that he did get it.  Our learning time together is supposed to be a fun, intentional way to expose him to new concepts.  That’s it: exposure without expectations.  That’s what works.

We started with the circle shape.  Here are our tot trays:

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Ball Matching printable from Memorizing the Moments.  I printed two copies of the strip, cut the balls out of one and glued magnets on the back.  I taped the strip down so it wouldn't slide around.  He did it a couple times and that was it.

Ball Matching printable from Memorizing the Moments. I printed two copies of the strip, cut the balls out of one and glued magnets on the back. I taped the strip down so it wouldn’t slide around. He did it a couple times and that was it.

Silverware matching.  I used our full size silverware and just laid it right on the scanner to make a copy.  I glued them to the tray with a glue stick: they peeled right off and the glue came off easily with a wash cloth.  He didn't love it.

Silverware sorting. I used our full size silverware and just laid it right on the scanner to make a copy. I glued them to the tray with a glue stick: they peeled right off and the glue came off easily with a wash cloth. He didn’t love it.

This is something new that we ordered with an Amazon gift card: Lauri Toys Smart Shapes and Stacking Pegs.  He REALLY liked this one!

This is something new that we ordered with an Amazon gift card: Lauri Toys Smart Shapes and Stacking Pegs. He REALLY liked this one!

I made this color wheel and used permanent markers to make coordinating mini clothespins. We had never tried clipping before and it was too hard for him. Now I know we have more work to do on those little hand muscles!

Nesting cups from Green Sprouts.  He had a lot of fun with these so we moved them to his toy kitchen where he can always access them.Nesting cups from Green Sprouts. He had a lot of fun with these so we moved them to his toy kitchen where he can always access them.

"A Shape Can Be..."  circle printable from Making Learning Fun.  I laminated them and added velcro dots.  This one was a big hit!  “A Shape Can Be…” circle printable from Making Learning Fun. I laminated them and added velcro dots. This one was a big hit!

"Shape Magnet Cards" printable also from Making Learning Fun.  I laminated it, taped it to his magnetic dry erase board, and added some matching pom pom magnets.  I moved it to our fridge when the week was over and he still does it occasionally but isn't a huge fan.

Shape Magnet Cards” printable also from Making Learning Fun. I laminated it, taped it to his magnetic dry erase board, and added some matching pom pom magnets. I moved it to our fridge when the week was over and he still does it occasionally but isn’t a huge fan.

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Baking with Mama!

Baking with Mama!

Pouring beans between two coffee mugs.  He still loves this, it's kind of a standby.

Pouring beans between two coffee mugs. He still loves this, it’s kind of a standby.

Marble track!  This was a Goodwill find but it's the first time I've had it out.

Marble track! This was a Goodwill find but this was the first time I got it out.

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