What is a fun game that I play with my toddler or preschooler to teach shapes?
I have been waiting with such anticipation for this fun shape activity!! I had a blast preparing this activity to teach shapes and Smiley Man loved doing it. We made and topped shape pizzas! If you missed my shapes cutting practice post, you might want to check it out to see how we made the “pepperoni” for our shape pizzas. First off, I’ll start with some instructions.
I started by making several shape pizzas. I have only been practicing the four basic shapes with Smiley Man (circle, square, triangle, rectangle), so I only made four shape pizzas. I’ll use the square pizzas as an example. I started by cutting a square out of tan construction paper (this was the crust). I then traced that square onto red construction paper (this was the sauce) and then cut the square a little bit smaller than the one I traced. Then, I traced the smaller red square onto yellow construction paper (this was the cheese). I cut the yellow square a bit smaller than the one that I traced. Then, I glued all the pieces together so it looked like a square pizza.
I repeated those instructions with the other three basic shapes and ended up with a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle pizza. If you are doing this with a preschool class, I would definitely suggest making a shape pizza of all eight shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, heart, star, and diamond).
Next, I put two shape pizzas on the table at a time. If Smiley Man was a little older I would have done all four, but he would have been overwhelmed by that so I just did two at a time. I also got out the matching pepperoni that we had saved from our cutting practice from last week.
To complete this shape activity, simply have your child glue the correct shaped pepperoni to the matching shape pizza. This was a really fun matching game that Smiley loved because he really likes pizza! Also, he loves getting to use glue so he was pretty ecstatic during this shape activity. I was happy that Smiley had so much fun matching the pepperoni to the correct shape pizza. This was a great way to teach him shapes!
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