This Paint Swatch Shape Match is a great activity for toddlers who are learning shapes. It’s colorful, exciting and engaging and best of all you’re sure to find your child busy clipping away.
As most parents, I try to be frugal. I love to use things I have on hand to come up with something fun and exciting for my kids. And it works almost every time. Sensory bins are of course every ones favorite. They’re simple to prep and kids can dig for hours. We love our lego and duplo bin, flower bin and scooping bin. These are our top 3 they LOVE! But along with sensory bins, recycled ideas are often my second go-to activities. Using up something that will end up in the trash anyways it smart! That’s why if I see a cardboard box or old paint swatches (like in this activity) I put them to good use. And this Shape Match was a breeze to make! See below exactly how I’ve made it!
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- Paint swatches (you can get a couple at any hardware store)
- Mini clothespins
- Glue stick
- Cardboard (a long “thinner” piece works best as it’s easier for the little ones to hold and clip on the clothespins)
- Craft scissors
To make the Paint Swatch Shape Match, start by cutting out two (2) shapes, making different shapes for each color. You can do circles, squares, triangles, diamonds, pentagons, ovals, etc. Next, glue one shape to the mini clothespin and the other to the cardboard.
What is my child learning and improving?
- Fine motor skills (pinching the mini clothespins and clipping them onto the cardboard)
- Hand-eye coordination (clipping the clothespin to the right spot, matching up the colors/shapes)
- Cognitive skills (thinking, analyzing each shape and its color, matching and comparing)
- Shapes (this activity allows toddlers to learn shapes, familiarize and memorize them)
- Colors (as with shapes, this activity is great for learning colors and matching them up)
TIP- when working on this Paint Swatch Shape Match try naming each color and shape as you go and let the child repeat after you. Repeating is very helpful and allows for better memorization!
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