Math Easy Ways to Help Your Two-Year-Old Learn Shapes

Learning about shapes sets the stage for understanding geometry. For young children, this involves recognizing and naming simple shapes and their attributes. Two-year-olds are building their shape vocabulary. You can reinforce their understanding by using words like "square," "circle," "triangle, " "side," "corner," "curved," "straight." To help them understand the differences between shapes, help them count sides and corners.

Help your child begin to identify shapes:

Play Shape Hopscotch

This is a fun indoor game for a rainy day. Using construction paper, cut out lots of shapes, using the same color for each shape. For example, make yellow triangles, red circles, blue squares and green rectangles. Tape them to the floor in a random order. The game begins when you call out which shape your child should find and stand on. Continue to call out shapes, and he will continue to hop.

I Spy Peg

Your child can practice identifying and finding 3-D shapes by going on a shape hunt in a room or outside.

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Easy Funny Faces Activity

Art projects are a great opportunity to explore shapes. Cut out various sizes of circles, squares, triangles and rectangles from construction paper. Using a paper plate as the face, have your child glue on the different shapes to form the eyes, ears, mouth and nose. You can make a face that is all triangles, all circles, or all squares, or a mix-and-match face that uses different shapes. Say the names of the shapes as you glue them together. This is also a fun way to make jack-o-lanterns at Halloween!

Monkey Faces

Your child can visualize the shapes that make up George's face in this puzzle game with Curious George.

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Go on a Shape Hunt

Shapes are everywhere! Go on a walk around your home or through the neighborhood with your child and try to find as many as you can. Start simple: look for circles, squares and triangles. If the opportunity presents itself, take a moment to consider how a two-dimensional shape can be a part of a three-dimensional shape (such as a square side of a cube).

Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Curious George

Curious George is a little monkey who wants to explore and discover new things. Like George, children are always learning! And his interactions with patterns, measurements, and shapes can help your child begin to see math in the world around them.

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