Playing with colors and shapes are wonderful activities for toddlers! As you play with these things, you naturally introduce your child to new language and build that vocabulary as you have fun together.
The Color and Shape themed activities are ideal for young children between 18 months and 2 1/2 years old. There are so many ideas for strengthening those little hands and developing fine motor skills, as well as great opportunities for building language.
As you go through these activities with your little one, you might choose to focus on one specific area of development. Young toddlers are actively and rapidly developing language. As you play with your toddler, encourage that chatter! Help your little one lengthen his or her sentences by adding on. For example, your toddler might point to a pompom and say, “red!” You can reply by saying, “Yes! A red pompom is on the table!” Or perhaps your toddler says, “I want blue!” You can reply by saying, “I understand. You would like to have a turn filling the blue block up with pompoms.”
It is amazing the power that play holds! All of the skills our toddlers need to develop can happen so naturally through daily play.
When we are playing with colors and shapes with toddlers it is important to remember that our goal is not memorization. We don’t need our little ones to memorize how many sides a square has, or what color you get when you mix red and blue. We want our little ones to play with these ideas and introduce these big concepts so when they learn about them in detail down the road they have a knowledge base to build on.
That is what my Playful Days Toddler Program is all about! We build vocabulary and build a strong knowledge base by playing with all seven themes – one of which is Shapes and Colors! Not only will this provide your little one with a beautiful foundation to learning, but it will provide just the right amount of structure to those long days at home with wee ones, and will build beautiful memories as well.
The activities below are great examples of the daily activities you will find in my Playful Days Toddler Program!
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And just before we dive into these color and shape activities for toddlers, would you like a fun printable to enjoy together? This one is totally free and a wonderful, learning-filled activity for you to enjoy with your toddler. You can grab it right here:
Color and Shape Activities for Toddlers
These activities are great examples of similar activities that can be found in my Playful Days Toddler Program.
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt – Head out on an adventure and build a rainbow in your house! Begin by hunting for one color of the rainbow, and build that rainbow one arc at a time.
Rainbow Fine Motor Sensory Bin – This is a beautiful sensory bin and great for building fine motor skills! Little ones can sort by colour, or they could practice threading the beads onto pipecleaners making beautiful bracelets.
Color Mixing – Let your toddler experience the magic of color mixing with his own hands! This messy and colorful art exploration is so much fun and will really wow your little one.
Shape Finders by Apples to Applique – These little finders are such a fun prop for toddlers to use as they walk around trying to spy various shapes! You could easily make these out of some cardboard.
Touch and Feel Shapes by Teach Me Mommy – Using pipecleaners to make these shape cards is such a fun idea to add in some sensory learning while exploring shapes. Toddlers will be able to feel the difference between a curved line compared to a straight line, which brings this learning to a whole new level.
Grow a Rainbow by MomBrite – Using markers and a paper towel you can, your toddler can grow a rainbow together! This magical moment will be treasured for a long while.
Sticker Sort by Busy Toddler – Grab some pieces of construction paper and some stickers of matching colors and get to sorting! Toddlers love this simple activity.
Mega Block Sort by Happy Toddler Playtime – This is another fun way to play with colors with your toddler. Turn some Mega Blocks upside down and add pompoms!
There you have them! Fun and easy color and shape activities to enjoy with your toddler. And don’t forget, if you like these activities, you are going to LOVE my Playful Days Toddler Program. One playful activity a day, perfect for breaking up that long day at home with the littles!
Find out more about Playful Days right here: https://www.howweelearn.com/playfuldays/
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