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How to Teach Your Toddler to Identify Shapes

One of the fun things about parenting is teaching your child new stuff. They are always so curious about things and ever ready to learn stuff. They look up to us to teach them things. It is a great and rewarding feeling to be able to share the knowledge and see them grow with it. 

When you start teaching them their letters and numbers, two of the other aspects include teaching them shapes and colors. Today, let’s talk about how to make learning shapes fun for the curious little minds.

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Make a Personal Shape Book

There are a lot of titles already available on the market for children to learn shapes. You can get those, to begin with, but to get your child more interested, you can help them create their own. 

Creating things is equal to putting the knowledge to practical use. The process of creating in itself will help them remember shapes better. There are so many ways to do so.

  • Draw Your Own – This is the easiest way and will need the least amount of effort.
  • You can help them draw the shapes in a notebook. 
  • A better way would be to help them draw the shapes on different colored chart papers and cut them. 
  • Stick them in the notebook with labels so that you can practice later.
  • Search and Stick – This will be like playing a little treasure hunt, and the process of putting the book together will be like scrapbooking.
  • For every shape, you can go through newspapers and magazines to find the shapes. 
  • Let your child do that, and you can then cut them out, and also help them stick the cutouts in a notebook. 
  • Click and Stick – If you are feeling more adventurous and want to make a day out of it, you can take the treasure hunt out in the world. 
  • You can go on a trek or a hike or even to the local park or neighborhood. 
  • Ask your toddler to point out things that resemble various shapes like a circle cookie in the cafe, a round pebble by the river, a square piece of scrap. 
  • Click photographs, or, better yet, help your toddler click pictures.
  • Print out the pictures. Make sure to get various objects for one shape so that they will have many examples to go by.
  • Stick the prints in the book and label them.

Both the methods tickle their creative sides as well. This makes the process of learning more fun and more effective.

Final Thoughts

Learning doesn’t have to be boring and shouldn’t seem like a chore either. When the process becomes fun, toddlers start getting more involved. You can also turn their favorite food into a shape learning spectacle. Make their cookies and sandwiches in different shapes and let them have fun with it.