Today I’m combining two toddler favourites – sorting and sticking. Toddlers love to sort things out and categorise them so after the success of our Shape Matching with Blocks activity last month I decided to expand on this and set up a sticky shape sorting activity.

You will need:

  • Large roll of paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker pen or sharpie
  • Coloured shapes (I used this one from Twinkl)

This activity took awhile to set up (10 minutes) as I had to cut out all the shapes first but if you had older children that have mastered scissor skills this is definitely one to get them to help out with.

I stuck to 6 basic shapes, for now, to make it achievable for my younger 2-year-olds.

Toddlers love to match things so the Little Tots didn’t need much guidance in being shown what to do and quickly began sorting out the pre-cut shapes into the corresponding larger shape. As they were sorting them I encouraged them to name each shape at the same time and I’m pleased to say they’ve now all mastered the word “hexagon”, just.

Sticky shape sorting

They then had fun glueing them down and really enjoyed helping each other with this stage as some of the shapes were quite small and so a bit fiddly for little hands.

Group projects are a great way to encourage turn taking and supporting others which they really enjoyed doing.

Sticky shape sorting

This shape sorting activity also led to lots of counting out the shapes, talking about their colours and also size ordering. So much lovely learning going on and they didn’t even know it!

Sticky shape sorting

Sticky shape sorting

Once all the shapes had been stuck they enjoyed pointing out which ones they had done and which ones their friends had stuck on and I then displayed it on our door so it can become a talking point.

Sticky shape sorting

Links to EYFS:

  • Communication & Language – talking to each other, using new words
  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development – playing alongside others, demonstrating friendly behaviour
  • Maths – recognising shapes, using the language of size, counting, sorting objects into groups

If you’re after more fun shape themed activities take a look at or potato print painting, shape matching with blocks and this open-ended invitation to play with shapes.

shape sorting activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Sticky shape sorting



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