Learning math skills when a child is young should be fun and entertaining. There are several key areas to focus on during age 3-5 that can make later learning easier.
Learning shapes teaches students to have an observant eye.
So much of the letters, numbers, and beginning learning a child does relies on being obversant of the differences they see around them. Shapes are a great way to start this early teaching. What is the difference between a square and a rectangle can later help a child see the difference between a "b" and a "d".
Knowing the shapes and having the ability to manipulate them is the key to understanding geometry later. Using hands on tools like shape toys and games allows the child to flip and turn the shape around in their hands soemthing that will become extremely important when they get to learning geometery.
Here is some interactive ideas for teaching shapes in a fun engaging way. It also helps children to notice the difference between 2-dimensional shapes making learning their letters and numbers much easier...in the near future.
Preschool Shapes Videos
Preschool Shapes Games
Play is a great way to learn. For a child to do independent learning is priceless. Here are some of our favorite kid approved, interactive toys. Click on the image to see where to get them for your little learners.
Preschool Shapes DIY Activities
There are lots of interactive learning that can go on with things you already have in your classroom or home. Click on the images to see more about each activity.
Preschool Shapes Printables
Here are some of the quality free printables online. Click the images to print them.