LET'S LEARN ABOUT SHAPES
Learning shapes helps children learn skills such as reading, math, and science. For example, an early step in understanding numbers and letters is to recognize their shape.
Hence before teaching alphabets and numbers a child should be able to recognize shapes.
What are the Basic shapes a preschooler learns first.
The basic shapes contains the most common shapes that your child will encounter daily in reading and writing, they are square, rectangle, circle, triangle, diamond and oval. These shapes are also simple to draw and a child picks up drawing these shapes at a very young age.
How to introduce a shape to a toddler ?
It's never too early to introduce shapes to toddlers, you can start with different things and objects around you. Point out shapes around you and discuss what the shape looks like. Start with the simplest and most common shapes that your child sees daily, namely a square, rectangle, circle, oval, diamond and triangle. Keep repeating this with different objects.
Few activities you can do to teach shapes
🔲 Sing the shapes song 🎵
🔺 Identify shapes around you
🔲 Match shapes
🔺 Make different shapes with clay
🔺Cut out different shapes with a child safe pair of scissors✂
🔲 Make shape figures from paper