Since Valentine’s Day, the Little Tots have loved to point out a heart whenever they’ve seen one so I thought I’d introduce them to some new shapes with this simple Shape Matching with Blocks activity. This fun way to learn shapes combined with bright colours and building blocks turned out to be a huge hit and we’ve been using them for 2 weeks now.
It only took 10 minutes to set up and I already had everything I needed to create them.
You will need:
- Blocks (we used Mega Bloks)
- Glue stick
- Shape print outs
There are lots of free printables you can download of coloured shapes or you can create your own. I used the 2D Shape Matching Game printables from Twinkl and used the set big enough to use with Mega Bloks.
I didn’t use all the different shapes as I wanted to keep it simple so I stuck to 7 basic shapes: star, triangle, circle, heart, square, rectangle and hexagon.
Once I had cut out the chose shapes I cut each one in half and then stuck onto the blocks with the glue stick. To make it last longer you could use modge-podge or make up your own PVA glue and water mixture.
I showed the Little Tots all of the shapes and we named them all before I split them in half and mixed them up to see if they could have a go at matching them back up again.
The preschoolers picked this up straight away and enjoyed the challenge of finding the correct bottom half of the shape from the pile. They then named the shape and it’s colours as well as the colour of the block it was mounted on.
Some of the toddlers needed a bit more support but with the encouragement of the older children, it wasn’t long before they had also cracked it.
As well as being a fun game to learn new shapes this also provided lots of opportunities to name colours, count, use fine motor skills and demonstrate some great turn taking and helping others.
If you loved these why not try some of other shape themed activities? Potato printing is such a classic and this open-ended Invitation to Play with Shapes is another way to use learning through play to work on shapes.
Links to EYFS:
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development – turn taking, playing along side others.
- Maths – counting, shapes, stacking blocks.
- Physical Development – hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills.
- Understanding the World – matching objects that fit together.