Shape Match: A Tutorial

Recently I’ve tried to incorporate more learning type activities into our schedule, and while on Pinterest I stumbled upon the world of quiet books. The idea is a (typically felt) book that is elaborate with quiet busy activities for little hands to accomplish.

If you know me at all, you know that 1. Felt is not my jam and 2. Elaborate detailed activities are equally tedious for me to accomplish. What I did take away from my research was that I could make a simpler paper version in a decently small amount of time.

The materials I used were simple, scotch tape, construction paper, a pipe cleaner, scissors, a pencil, and a marker. I used two separate colors of paper, one for the “pages” and one for the “shapes”, then I chose five easily recognizable shapes, traced them onto the yellow paper, and cut out two of each shape. Next step was tracing the shapes with the marker onto the pages, label the shape, and then taping the corresponding shape onto the opposite side of the page.

The next step in the process was to make a mini folder on the back of the title page to hold the shapes when not in use.

This realization was trial by fire because I originally had hole punched them and slid them onto the pipe cleaner that holds it all together, but it moved weirdly and I didn’t like the esthetic. When I finally got everything where I wanted it, I brought it in to the toddler in charge for a quality rating and to my surprise it got rave reviews! We ended up taking the pages apart for the majority of the matching time, but she did exceptional with it as a flashcard book as well.

Moral of the story, this project was a success and I felt like I was productively contributing to some brain growth, while still providing a fun activity for the little ones. Construction paper is a miracle material, and with a little bit of time and effort, I was able to accomplish a goal I didn’t think possible with my limited skill set and attention span. This activity was created for a two to three year old audience, as my little man was very keen on eating the actual shapes more so than sorting them, but if anyone has any suggestions to simplify or expand for a different age group, feel free to share in the comments below!

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