J got a great gift from his Aunt… colorful bean bags!! I’m so excited to use them for lots of fun! This is my first official activity using them. I used painters tape to create various shapes on thekitchen floor, in this case a square, triangle and rectangle. We’re currently emphasizing the rectangle in our house since it’s one of the basic shapes that J hasn’t consistently recognized yet. I chose the triangle and the square because he’s better as those (adding just one unfamiliar shape at a time).
I then gave J specific directions, “Toss the green beanbag into the square!” He enjoyed trying to toss them inside the shapes. I requested a specific color bean bag to reinforce colors. He’s pretty good at most of his colors which kept this activity focused more on the shapes. You could definitely use the painted shapes without the bean bags… “Crawl to the circle! Walk to the square! Walk backwards to the triangle!”
This was also a great way to emphasize inside and outside as well as fill and empty (“Empty the triangle!”)
As a side note – I left these shapes on the floor for a full week. They’re very convenient! If you need your toddler contained for a bit, “J, sit on the square! Eat your snack in the rectangle!” It gives them obvious boundaries and helps them easily understand what you’re asking of them.
Age Attempted? 22 months
Try Again? Yes, maybe different activities using the floor shapes.