Sweet Pea is 31 months old.
- About 20 Popsicle craft sticks.
- Several sheets of paper.
- On three Popsicle sticks, write the word “TRIANGLE” in the middle and draw a small triangle near both ends.
- On four Popsicle sticks, write the word “SQUARE” in the middle and draw a small square near both ends.
- On six Popsicle sticks, write the word “RECTANGLE” in the middle and draw a small square near both ends.
- On four Popsicle sticks, write the word “DIAMOND” in the middle and draw a small diamond near both ends.
- (Depending on your toddler’s ability and your enthusiasm, you could create enough Popsicle stick pieces for any other shapes you want them to know (hexagon, rhombus, trapezoid, etc.)
- Set the TRIANGLE labeled Popsicle sticks on a sheet of paper in the shape of a triangle and draw an outline around each one so there a triangle shape on the paper. Repeat for the rest of your shapes.
- Sit next to your tot and tell them you are going to make some shapes. Set the 3 TRIANGLE labeled Popsicle sticks in front of you and then demonstrate laying them on the outline.
- Remove them from the outline and ask your tot to try it on their own.
- Repeat for the rest of the shapes.
Observations: Sweet Pea had a great time with this. It was a little harder than I expected for her to lay the Popsicle sticks on the outline, but it was a good challenge. After I had showed her each of the shapes, she was able to work independently.
After she would make a shape, Sweet Pea would jump up and down and clap for herself, saying, “Good Job!” It was so cute.
This was a great, quick activity for Sweet Pea and I would recommend it for other tots.
Notes from the Trenches: When I first tried this, I didn’t make an outline of the shapes. I figured that Sweet Pea would easily be able to put the Popsicle sticks into the correct shapes after she had seen me do it once, but I was wrong. She was totally lost until I drew the outlines. Melissa from Chasing Cheerios suggested gluing together model control shapes first so that your tot will have something to copy. I think that is a great idea and would have done it instead, but I was short on Popsicle sticks.
Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)