Most early childhood programs begin with introducing shapes and colors to children. The reason behind it is because these are the most visible attributes of the world around us. Like everyone else, children describe and categorize their surroundings through colors and shapes.
It is best to provide young children games and activities to practice identifying colors and shapes. Fortunately, these are easy and fun to teach!
An easy yet effective learning activity is by giving them popsicle sticks shape and color activities in a busy bag. Why use a busy bag? Because they’re always ready to go.
Materials you’ll need:
- Colored popsicle sticks
- Shape Pattern Printouts
- Velcro tabs or magnets
- Colored foam sheets
- Ziploc Bag
First, you’ll need to print out shape patterns which you can put inside the Ziploc bag. Make sure to assign a certain color for each shape, say for example a blue triangle, yellow star, and red square. Make these printouts as attractive as possible.
You will be teaching your child to trace the shape pattern on the print out with the matching colored Popsicle sticks. You may write the shape and color on the colored stick to make your child recognize how those shapes and colors are written.
A good tip to make it easier for the child is to put magnets or Velcro tabs on each side of the Popsicle sticks.
You can also play a color sorting game by putting in pockets made from foam sheets. Cut two pieces of foam sheets and sew them together to make these pockets. Let the child sort each colored stick and put them inside the corresponding colored pockets.
You may have your child say the colors and shapes aloud while doing these activities for better memory retention. These activities will not only develop your child’s color and shape skills but will also teach them basic organizational skills.
After finishing the activities, clean up by putting everything inside the Ziploc bag.
That’s fairly easy, right? Hope this simple DIY project inspired you. Go on and try making one, your child will definitely love it.