This is another great addition to our “Learn with Your Craft Stash” series. My preschooler, Shiloh, had a lot of fun using felt to sort shapes and colors. She even worked in a little bit of play with her blocks “dudes” while was at it! I love using craft supplies to create learning activities and the “Learn with Your Craft Stash” series has been so much fun! Only a few more days left, but if you’ve missed any of the activities you can find them by clicking the picture at the end of the post.
Materials needed for Using Felt to Sort Shapes and Colors:
Felt (you can choose as many or few colors as you want)
Zip top bag for storage
This is another super easy activity to prepare. My favorites!
As a homeschooling, work-at-home mom of four children, I’m always pressed for time and I know that you are too. So everything that I share on Life Over C’s is low-prep.
To prepare this bag, I cut a 3-inch rectangle off the end of each piece of felt that I used. I saved the large squares for later and then cut smaller shapes out of the 3-inch rectangle.
A couple rectangles, triangles, circles, and squares. For a more skilled child you could make the bag more challenging by adding more colors or more shape types (such as hexagon, octagon, etc.)
To sort the colors & shapes, we started by laying the larger squares on the floor and placed the smaller shapes beside them.
I demonstrated sorting by placing the purple shapes on top of the large purple square.
Shiloh pretty much got the understanding from that. She tried placing pink pieces on the orange square a few times, but with some gentle guidance, she placed them on the correct square.
She also decided that her block ‘dudes’ needed to take a nap. She’s been involving them in all sorts of learning lately and they must have been tired. They used circles for pillows and rectangles for blankets!
When she got to the yellow pieces, I gave her two circles and she placed them in the middle of the square and declared, “Eyes!”. After that the rectangle became the mouth, a triangle became the nose, and the rest of the pieces became “eyebwows.” (uni-brow it is….lol!)
She had a lot of fun and as her skills develop we’ll be using this set to sort the different kinds of shapes. We’ve been focusing on colors lately and I didn’t want to confuse her by combining the activities.
Here’s another learning activity that you might enjoy:
Use your felt pieces to create a bird nest station and talk about the needs of birds in your area.
Then, check out all the fun ideas in the “Learn with Your Craft Stash” series!