What is a simple way that I can teach my toddler or preschooler about shapes? What is a fun shape activity for children that they can take when we go places?
Last week I spent a long time creating this awesome shape quiet book and by the time I was finally ready to print it, my printer ran out of ink. Gahhh! So, I got some new ink and I have now printed the awesome shape quiet book.
I really wanted a book that showed that shapes are found in real life. So, each of the pages has items that are seen in regular day-to-day life (traffic lights, food, a window, kites, etc.). Back when I was teaching Little Bear the shapes, I remember that he had a really hard time until he realized that shapes were all around us. There is a simple shape matching page at the end of the quiet book, but all of the other pages use objects from daily life.
You will only need a few things to finish this quiet book:
- Color printer
- Velcro dots
- Hole Punch
- Binder Rings (or ribbon)
First, print off all the pages of the Shape Quiet Book. Laminate the first 10 pages as they are. The last three pages contain the pieces that will go on the pages of the quiet book. Cut out each of the pictures and laminate them.
You will now get Velcro dots with a sticky back (you can also just use sticky back Velcro cut into small pieces). Put one Velcro dot on the back of each individual picture from the last 3 pages.
You will also put a Velcro dot on the middle of all the shapes on each regular page.
Finally, hole punch each of the pages so they line up. I used a three hold punch across the top, but you could also do two hole punches in the left side. Secure the book together using binder rings or ribbon.
To use the quiet book, start with the pictures on the left side of the page. Your child will move the pictures to the right side to complete the picture. For example, on the star page, the stars are on the left side. Your child will move them to the correct spot on the right side to fill the night sky with stars.
Your shape quiet book is now ready for your toddler to play with at church, at a restaurant, at the doctor’s office, or while you are making dinner. Smiley Man has loved learning about shapes and this quiet book has really helped him learn them better. He likes this quiet book even more than I thought he would and it helps him practice his fine motor skills more than I realized it would. It’s a win win! I barely have to teach him anything, except the names of the shapes of course. :)
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