Here are 10 super fun and easy shape activities for toddlers! Simple creative hands-on learning play ideas that you come set up at home or in the classroom. Engage your toddler in these early math ideas to help expose them to shapes!
Why Learning Shapes is Important
There are shapes all around us. We use them, see them and play with them every single day. Learning about shapes will not only allow your child to identity and organize visual information, it will also help them develop other important skills like science and math.
Shape Activities for Toddlers
1. Fizzy Shapes Sensory Bin
Here is a fun science meets early math sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers!! Make fizzy shapes using baking soda and vinegar!!
2. Shapes Parking Lot Activity
Here is a fun activity to help your toddler or preschooler practice learning shapes and colours. Grab your cars for this fun hands-on learning activity!
3. Fridge Shape Match Activity
Here is a creative and easy early math activity to help your toddler practice their shapes using magnetic tiles on your fridge!
4. Shape Match Sensory Bin
Shape Match Sensory Bin is a fun sensory bin using shredded paper! It’s a great way to learn and practice shapes with your toddler or preschooler!
5. Sticky Tape Shapes Activity
Sticky tape shapes activity is a fun and super easy toddler shape and fine motor skill activity. It’s very easy to set up and makes a great activity for toddlers stuck indoors!
6. Pom Pom Shape Sorting for Toddlers
Add Pom Poms to your shape sorter the next time you are playing with your toddler for a fun and colourful learning activity.
7. Shape Printing
Celebrate all the colours of autumn with this fun and easy process art activity painting using different shapes!
8. LEGO Shape Puzzles
On a sheet of paper trace several different shapes of LEGO Duplo using a marker. Invite your toddler to match the LEGO pieces with to the shapes on the page.
9. Shape Soup Sensory Bin
10. Bunny Shape Sort Sticky Wall Activity
Bunny Shape Sorting: Sticky Wall Activity is a fun and easy easy math activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Create different shaped bunnies for a fun gross motor shape sorting activity!
Age Suitability for Shape Activities for Toddler
This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 3 years old and up. But geared towards toddlers. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.
Mess Level for Shape Activities Toddler
The mess level for these activities varies.
Difficulty to Create
Varies from very easy to moderate.
Early math skill, sensory play, language development, number recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
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Books, TV Show & Play Kits!
Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
Find out more and grab your copy here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.
The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids
Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.
Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!
Shop our ready made play kits here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.