A lot of my ideas come from looking at a piece of “trash” and wondering…”what learning activity could we do with this?”
The same is true for this activity! This Jack-O-Lantern Shape Sorter is made from a formula can. We’ve been going through a lot of those lately–I had to stop nursing Little Brother at 7 months because I wasn’t producing enough and he was losing weight. So, formula it is…at least for another month!
Here’s what you’ll need: wooden blocks of various shapes (like these), a container with a large lid, a piece of orange construction paper, and an orange Sharpie.
|1. Use an orange Sharpie to color the top of the container. You could also paint it…just don’t use tempera paint, as it will flake off.|
|2. Cover the formula container with an orange piece of construction paper.|
|3. Lay the blocks on the lid to make the Jack-O-Lantern face.|
|4. Trace each block with a pen.|
|Let your little one have at it! I really thought Big Brother would think this was too easy and lose interest quickly, but he played for a solid 25-minutes with it!|
|Once Little Brother woke up, Big Brother wanted to show him how he was supposed to do it…|
|…Little Brother was more interested in grabbing his face than playing with the shape sorter.|
Just FYI- If you use the Sharpie, a little orange will rub off your hands and your child’s hands as well. It is a tiny, minute amount