This Shape Activity is simple to put together and helps young children learn basic math skills like sorting, shape identification, counting, as well as being a fun activity to practice colors and improve visual discrimination. You can use shape flashcards or our free Shapes Printable Set.
Little Dragon (toddler, age 2) particularly loves sorting. I often find his toys sorted in lines around the house according to size, color, or type so this activity came very natural to him. His love of sorting helps when it’s time to clean up because he sorts his toys into baskets to get put away–another good perk to teaching your kiddo how to sort :).
Sorting Shapes Activity with Buttons
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Sorting tray or bowls
Shape Buttons (affiliate link) or small shapes
Shape Cards -The printable we used for this activity is available to download for free on our blog here: Shapes Printable
1. Place one shape card in each section of your tray. You may want to start with only two shapes to sort at a time until the concept of sorting is understood, then gradually add more shapes to increase difficulty.
When the child is done sorting you can also name the shapes, name the color of the buttons, and count the buttons. When Little Tiger (age 4, preschooler) did this activity we also practiced drawing the shapes on a dry erase board.