Learning shapes is one of the first steps toward
critical thinking. Young children begin to notice various shapes and figures at an early age, and this observation process helps toddlers and preschoolers with their visual acuity and spatial awareness. As they master the recognition of more and more shapes, children will soon advance into discovering patterns. Then, it’s on to early math and science. Kids can be very focused when they are in the middle of play because their brains are processing many different components of information at a time. So games, puzzles and educational toys are a great way to encourage focus and learning.
A fun choice for any early learner, this puzzle is lightweight for easy transport around the house or on the go. The colorful shapes are too large to fit into curious kids’ mouths but still easy to grip. This puzzle includes basic shapes like a square and triangle while also introducing kids to more unique shapes like a rhombus and pentagon. This is a wonderful option for 1- to 3-year olds.
Young engineers, architects and artists will be fascinated with this building blocks set. Children can play freely or be challenged to build the configurations shown on the 20 picture cards that come with the set. Through this play, they are learning basic physics along the way. The shapes are the perfect size for smaller hands to manipulate and are recommended for children ages 5 years old and up.
These shapes are perfect for preschool-aged tactile learners. Each shape is clearly labeled and can be held, felt and tossed. This provides for wonderful game possibilities as colors and shapes can be learned with ease. The activity guide includes instructions for seven different games.
Matching games can help children develop concentration and sharpen memory. The Learning Journey’s My First Match It set also teaches colors and shapes in a fun way. This is one of the best introductions to puzzles and memory games out there for children ages 2 and up.
Believe it or not, babies are learning a lot while trying to figure out how to get a shape into the correct slot. They are using critical thinking as well as shape and spatial recognition skills. They will also begin to experiment with cause and effect. Babies and toddlers alike will enjoy this vibrant block shape set, and it’s recommended for children 6 months old and up.
“Learning shapes and matching these shapes with letters and words can be a challenge for young students. Most younger children do well with games, and it can feel more fun for both the caregiver or teacher, as well as for the student. For the best results, include regular play in your daily routine.”
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Kelsey Daubenmier is a licensed primary school teacher with over 10 years of experience in primary education. Kelsey thoughtfully balances the demands of raising four children with the never-ending stack of papers to grade and lesson plans to prepare. In the last decade, Kelsey has gained experiences educating children as young as 5 and as old as 11. She is passionate about bringing the best possible baby and children’s products to you and your loved ones.