First published Sept 2016.
What I loved about this easy shape activity using playdough is that it was super simple to set up and used things we already had on hand. Yet provided about 30 minutes of entertainment and exploration for Little Sister. This toddler had a blast making playdough shapes, despite the fact that she hasn’t been feeling well.
Aside from doing puzzles together and reading an occasional book about shapes, we haven’t done too many activities yet specifically about learning shapes and I didn’t expect that Little Sister would know many basic shape names (if any). Much to my surprise, she knew triangle, square, circle, and diamond. She must have picked these shapes up from watching TV. ;)
How To Make Shapes With Playdough
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Playdough (I used a batch of our Pinkalicious playdough I made a couple months ago)
- Kinetic Sand
- Playdough Shape Cutters
1. Grab two trays (to contain the mess) and then put playdough on one and the kinetic sand on the other.
2. Give your toddler the playdough shape cutters and let him/her go to town exploring their imprints into both of the materials. Be sure to stick close by to not only supervise, but also so that you can reinforce the shape names and talk about the basic characteristics of each shape.
Little Sister definitely preferred playing with the kinetic sand over the playdough when they were side by side.
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