Hello everyone, it’s Amy from The Connection We Share, and I’m happy to be back with you again!
Lately, I’ve been busy making learning materials for my daughter Elle, one being this shapes matching game.
I have a regular 9-5 and when I’m at work, my in-laws or my husband looks after the kids (yes, I’m very lucky, I know.) They LOVE looking after the kids and they play with them, take them to the park , take them out for lunch and so on but 1 thing I thought they would enjoy is doing some learning activities together.
To make it really easy for my in-laws and husband to teach Elle, I have a box of educational activities all ready to go so when the time is right, they could take out some of these activities and do it with her.
In this learning box, there are various counting games, puzzles, playdough mats, writing sheets and coloring sheets. These games and activities are meant to engage Elle in a fun way to help her learn and develop new skills. Once in a while if I know Elle has been playing with these games too many days in a row, I’ll give them a Kiwi Crate craft kit to do with her (find Kiwi Crate here).
1 game I don’t have in my repertoire is a hands-on game that teaches Elle about shapes. Since I recently made her a color and pattern matching game using popsicle sticks, I used the same elements to create a game for her to build shapes using sticks (both printables are available at the end of this post).
When Elle plays with anything, she likes to sort and gather all her materials first before she plays so I took this opportunity to practice her counting skills. With each shape we counted the number of sides, then picked up the same amount of sticks to build the shape.
This game, as well as the other matching game, really challenged her fine motor skill (which I didn’t think of when I made the games). She had to really work hard at avoiding the sticks that are already laid down while putting a new stick down.