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Discovering Shapes & Sizes

Apr 29, 2015

Judging different shapes and sizes is something that comes second nature to us adults, but for children these are skills that need to be learned in order to discover what the differences are.

Here are some fun activities to try at home…

From 6 months:

Even small babies can discover shapes and sizes by using their hands and mouths as they explore objects such as spoons of different sizes – perhaps a metal and a plastic spoon. This can really help to develop their hand co-ordination as they learn how to hold spoons, as well as learning about the different textures that they have as they touch them.

From 15 months:

At this age children can become really engaged, and like to be hands-on as they try and explore activities. Stacking up objects such as tins of soup or beans can help a child to develop their language and physical skills as they move the tins around, as well as their confidence by taking part in the activity.

From two years:

From this age children can really start to explore the different sizes of different shapes. What about using a poster tube for a different experience, by using objects such as different sized building blocks and cars where some will be too large to fit down the tube. Ask your toddler to count the different objects down the tube, and ask them what they think the shapes look like. This will help them to develop a range of skills such as hand-eye co-ordination whilst posting objects down the tube, as well as vocabulary and mathematic skills when talking about the objects and working out what objects won’t fit.

From two-and-a-half years:

Make meal times fun by cutting food into different shapes and sizes, creating a whole new learning experience! Perhaps talk about the shapes on the plate. This simple activity is helping to develop a child’s hand eye-co-ordination, as well as increasing their vocabulary and social development skills.

From three years:

Playing games such as jigsaw puzzles can really help to develop your child’s knowledge on shapes and sizes. They will learn to think about where different shapes can fit, as well as having lots of fun! Simple jigsaw puzzles can help develop problem solving and mathematics skills as they learn where the pieces in the jigsaw go, and how to solve the problems they face.

From four years:

Get involved in a spot of junk modelling by using objects such as unwanted small cardboard boxes and plastic tubs, along with materials such as masking tape. Help your child to explore the different objects, and how they can be put together to make new objects. This will really help your child to get into a creative spirit as well as increasing their hand-eye co-ordination and problem solving skills as they make their new objects. This type of activity can also aid your child’s emotional development as they can feel a sense of achievement when they have made their own models.



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