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Toddler Camp: Shapes Day (Themed Activities and Crafts)

3/25/2020

Toddler Camp: Themed Sensory Activities and Crafts for Toddlers At Home

Welcome to Toddler Camp! A daily itinerary of themed ideas to keep your toddler busy while you’re at home! You can find more themes and the full guide to Toddler Camp here

Shapes are a major thing we’ve worked on between the age of two and three, and it’s super fun because almost everything is a shape so you can consistently point out different examples to your kiddo!

For our Shapes Day at Toddler Camp, I put together several different crafts and activities to help with identifying and learning different shapes. I created one simple printable that you can use for several activities which will really come in handy. 

Printables

I created one simple shape activity sheet that you can use for several of the activities I share here! Fill out the form below and it will be sent right to your inbox to download for free!

Movies + Shows To Watch

Here are some shape themed movies and shows to watch on Shapes Day:

  • Sesame Street: Shape Hunt (Episode 4821) – Available on HBO
  • Sesame Street: Hooper’s Lockdown (Episode 4620) – Available on HBO
  • Inside Out – Available on Disney+

Active Play

Shape Hunt Activity for Toddlers

Shape Hunt

Using the printable shape worksheet I provided above as your “guide”, ask your little one to go hunting around the house to find things that are different shapes.

I like to pick one shape at a time, have my son run around the house looking for items of that shape and bring them back to me to “match” them to the worksheet. Then he’ll go off to find a bunch of things that are the next shape and so on.

Hopscotch with Painter’s Tape

Use painter’s tape or washi tape to tape off different shapes down your hallway or other large floor space and have kids “hop” from one shape to the next!

Sensory Play

Hot Glue Shapes Sensory Bin

Hidden Hot Glue Shapes Sensory Bin

Print out the shapes sheet and lay it underneath a piece of parchment paper (NOT wax paper, the glue will stick to wax paper!). “Trace” the shapes with your hot glue gun and let set. Peel off of the parchment paper.

Fill a small bin (like a plastic storage bin), pot or bowl with your dry sensory filler (see below for some tips!). Bury the hot glue shapes in the the bin and let your little one dig for them. 

Tools you can provide for digging/shape finding:

  • Tongs
  • Spoons
  • Cups
  • Measuring Cups
  • Ice Cream Scoop

Have them “match” the shapes to the ones on the sheet you used to trace them! Once they find the shapes, re-burry them, or allow them to just play and scoop the filler.

We also love using a toilet paper roll as a “slide” for sliding the filler back and forth between a cup and the bin.

I recommend putting a towel and/or cookie sheet underneath the bin for easier clean up!

How To Create A Sensory Bin Filler

You can make a sensory bin filler out of any dry goods you have in your home. Food products are popular but there’s non-food items that work great too!

Here’s a list of materials that work well:

  • Dry Pasta
  • Farro
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Beans
  • Dry Chickpeas
  • Sprinkles
  • Shredded Paper
  • Pom Poms
  • Buttons
  • Feathers
  • Sand
  • Confetti
  • Beads

For ours, I used farro and sprinkles, because that’s what I had on hand. The added sprinkles make things *extra* exciting for toddlers!

Crafts

Circle Painting with Toilet Paper Rolls

Circle Painting with Cardboard Tubes

Cut up a cardboard tube (toilet paper roll, paper towel roll or wrapping paper roll) into 3″ tall pieces. Place different colors of paint in different dishes or bowls. Kids can dip the rolls into the different paint and use them as “stamps” on sheets of paper to make circles.

how to make a shape felt board for toddlers

Easy Shape Felt Board

Cut various shapes out of different colors of felt. Try to vary up the sizes in addition to the types of shapes.

The best thing about felt is that it sticks to itself so you don’t need any adhesive for this. Hang a larger piece of felt on the wall using painter’s tape. Kids can stick the shapes all over the felt to make different pictures, animals, characters, etc!

Games + Puzzles

Here are a few awesome shape games and puzzles that would be a great supplement to the homemade activities!

Books To Read

Books About Shapes

Here are some of our favorite books about shapes:

  • Cuauhtémoc: Shapes by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein (Bi-lingual)
  • Tangled by Anne Miranda, Illustrated by Eric Comstock
  • My First Books of Patterns by Bobby and June, Illustrated by Boyoun Kim

Shop them here in my Amazon shop!

You can visit this post to see how I structure our camp days, to allow for free play and downtime as well. If you have any other shape themed crafts or activities your kids love, I’d love to hear them! Leave ’em below!

And if you make or do any of these projects, be sure to tag me if you share a picture or story on Instagram!

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