Recognizing shapes is an important skill for children to learn because shapescan help kids identify and organize visual information. Fortunately, there are some good shape-learning toys you can buy that are both fun and educational for a wide range of ages. Not only do they encourage important skills including symbol and sign recognition, they can be used to teach children basic vocabulary.
This wooden puzzle has easy-to-recognize shapes and bright colors to keep children engaged. The large pieces are easy for little hands to grasp. Each piece is labeled, too, so kids start to recognize the name of each shape. This puzzle is great for children ages 2 to 4.
A colorful cube, this toy helps kids recognize various colors and shapes while enhancing their problem-solving abilities. Sorting the blocks into their matching slots helps promote fine motor skills and the variety of different shapes make this toy entertaining and engaging. The blocks also have textured surfaces to help small children aged 3 and up grip them easily.
The HM-tech Wooden Shape Sorter Toys set features a large “block bus” that acts as a shape sorter. Kids will use their observational and fine motor skills to place 13 different shapes in the corresponding slots. A 7-piece tangram puzzle included in the set tests their spatial and shape awareness, while the included alphabet puzzle helps them learn how to spell different words.. The variety of puzzles and challenges included in the set offers hours of fun and helps kids learn how to problem-solve at an early age. This set is recommended for children ages 3 and up.
This puzzle strengthens fine motor skills and visual-spatial skills while promoting imaginative play. Small children will have no trouble handling the sturdy and perfectly-sized shapes. A guide on the back of the puzzle names the different geometric shapes, helping to expand vocabulary. This puzzle is recommended for children ages 18 months and older.
This beanbag set includes eight different shapes that are clearly labeled to ensure kids can learn spelling and word recognition. Each lightweight shape measures 4 to 5 inches, making them the perfect size for little hands to hold and toss around.
One of the best features of this set is the activity guide, which includes seven different games. This beanbag set is recommended for kids ages 3 to 6 years old.
“Shapes are the foundation to geometry and nature, and they are also fun to teach your child. These shape-based toys are excellent ways to reinforce learning and pattern recognition. These toys bring shapes to life, so that you don’t have to teach your child shapes in a boring, 2D fashion — they get to see, touch and feel the shapes!”
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Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.