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Shapes Craft – A fun Way of learning through Art & Craft

posted by Mommy Tincture July 13, 2017 14 Comments

It is quite a relief that most of the pre-schools today believe in developing sensory and fine motor skills of the toddlers through activity based learning. Toddlers aren’t handed a pencil and notebook right away and asked to write and learn numbers and alphabets in this tedious and boring way.  For those who have started play school for their toddlers in the recent years must have got a little nervous when your kids were not handed pencils during the entire year of going to the play school. In my case, even at the lower kindergarten level, my son’s school has begun the writing curriculum only now after the summer vacations. The entire learning during the preschool has happened mostly through craft based activities.

What I did

This was my son’s first summer vacation when he received actual summer vacations’ homework. Among several assignments, one of the activities that caught my fancy was an activity focusing on Shapes Craft. The parents were required to provide kids with paper cut outs of various shapes and get the kids to assemble the paper cut outs to form a comprehensive figure. So yes, I set out to the task with the following steps –

  • Decide on what figures I wanted to work on with my son. Please keep in mind the complexity level your child can handle.
  • Cut out different shapes that will combine to form the final figure.
  • I also created a stencil outline of the final figure on the sheet of paper where the pieces would be pasted.

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  • Put all the stationery required to work with the kid in one place – A newspaper sheet to keep on the work table, paper sheet with the outline of the final figure, cut pieces of various shapes as required, glue stick
  • Sit with the child on a separate work table and lay out the sheet and the shape pieces. Ask the child to match the paper pieces cut in various shapes with the outline on the base paper sheet.
  • Once the child knows which piece goes where, put glue on the back side of the cut paper pieces and paste them in their respected place.

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And you are done!

Benefits of Shapes Craft

While I was preparing to do this assignment with my son, I had a couple of objectives in mind. There were a few skills and abilities that I was aiming to work on with Nik. But once I completed the entire activity, I realised that the benefits of this assignment were manifold and significant for a toddler.

Development of fine motor skills

When you encourage your toddler to pick up the paper cuttings in specific shapes aand put them in matching shape outlines, the first and foremost benefit that you draw is better fine motor skills

Educational benefits

In this activity, the child is using paper cuttings that are in specific shapes. Though your child might have learnt to identify these shapes in block format or in print, when they work with variations of the shapes, the concept of number of sides, big and small etc. get imbibed further. To make Shapes Craft more beneficial for the child, cut out similar shapes in different colours.

Problem-solving abilities

You are asking your child to create a pattern by combining a set of shapes, and they process the information and try to make relevant choices and take expected actions. They may not nail it in the first go. You encourage them to give it another chance. Probably with some encouragement and a couple of hits and trials, she will get it right. So what happened in the process? Your child solved a problem!

Enhanced creativity and ability to express

Once your child gets a hang of what she is expected to do, she will begin to take initiative and be more open to trying things in different ways. For example, for the snowman, I had cut out a smaller nose. But Nik insisted that the triangle I had cut was too small. He made me cut a bigger triangle for a nose. Later he clarified, “Mom! My snowman has a big nose. I like it this way.”

A path for expression

When your child completes one pattern with your assistance, he or she looks forward to doing it again with added enthusiasm. You will clearly see a difference in their confidence and their expressions the second time around. Kids reflect on their previous learnings and try and reuse the information independently. This new found confidence adds to their behavioural aspects of expressing themselves.

Therapeutic benefits

Children absorb both the positive and negative around them without any specific knowledge of their own. It is our responsibility as parents to give them a continuing atmosphere of positivity and learning. Getting them involved in activities like shape craft, ensures that they are hooked on to something constructive. Also, they learn to deal with similar problems in future. In a way, they enhance their experience bank.

And it’s quality time with your child

Doing Art & Craft activities helps you spend some quality time with your kid. There are no real measurable goals that you are chasing, but at the same time, you are working on various skills and abilities through experiential learning. You too can put aside all your stress and have some fun time creating patterns with shapes with your child.

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14 Comments

Danisha Nathyal September 21, 2017 at 9:04 pm

I loved it. i try to do activities with daughter, she is small for this activity but it for sure gave me an idea how to introduce or excite her for shape learning. thanks

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Veena Regit December 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

I love that the kiddo not only learns shapes but also works on it’s fine motor. Which for me is crucial. Also love that this activity is open ended and the kiddo is under control 💛

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Aesha Shah December 6, 2017 at 10:15 am

Rightly said that nowadays schools are inteoducing fun activities for learning and it is not only about learning academics and writing. I liked the activity to introduce shapes. It also helps in overall development and developing skills in a child.

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Sapna Krishnan December 6, 2017 at 11:29 am

This looks like a fun activity. Home work or not – we are definitely trying this out on the weekend. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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OPHIRA December 6, 2017 at 11:36 am

This is interesting. I like knowing about different activities I can do with my son. Thankyou for sharing.

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neha December 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm

This is a fun project to teach shapes! I loved the rocket 🙂 Projects during vacations actually help us bond.

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Neha December 6, 2017 at 2:13 pm

simple and effective is what a child activity should be and you have done exactly that. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Roopika December 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

That’s a great post. I like simple crafty stuff that I can do with my twins.. and the shape related activity is on list for this week!

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Neha Sharma December 6, 2017 at 11:53 pm

Wow, that’s such an easy and interesting craft activity for kids. I am also planning to start such activities for my 22-month-old son, will try this one too. Thanks for sharing.

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Deepa December 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

Your post reminded me of the time when I taught my elder one shapes when she was small. It is a great way to not only teach kids but also keep them creatively engaged.

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Priyanka December 7, 2017 at 1:22 pm

I love this method to teach kids about not just shapes but colours, sizes and also hand-eye coordination.

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Anchal December 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm

This is such a fun way to learn. Thanks for sharing

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Dr Dhanya Prajesh December 7, 2017 at 11:20 pm

Wow this is a great post…i was lookin around for somethn simple an effective like this. Thank u for sharing.

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Kamana@SocialandStyle December 8, 2017 at 3:41 am

Awww love the cute snowman. Always love educational and fun games / crafts for little ones!

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