Baby Activity Plan - Shape Sorting
This activity is created with young babies in mind. It is super easy to create and links to many areas of the EYFS Development Matters. Only a handful of items are needed to make this activity, which helps to build on making relationships, physical development, communication and understanding.
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:
What you will need:
· A shape sorter
Preparing the activity:
1. Arrange the shapes in front of the sorter.
Doing the activity:
The aim of this game is to encourage the children to copy your movements and respond to guidance and instructions. This can be done as a one-to-one activity or in a small group, indoors or outside.
Encourage the children to mimic your actions by picking up one of the shapes and putting it in the correct hole. Then, take it back out and place it back with the other shapes and see if they can remember your shape and put it in the same hole that you did.
Use specific language to identify the shape selected and use the same words again when it is the child’s turn. For example, “I have a square, I’m going to put it in the square-shaped hole. Now it is your turn, can you find the square too? Which one is the square?”.
If an attempt is made to copy the action, make sure you offer lots of praise and support, even if the correct shape is selected but they try to place it in the wrong hole or, perhaps, they just pick up the shape and play with it.
Repeat this for each shape, seeing how many they can mimic or correctly identify. Consistent wording should be used to help develop communication and language skills, as well as offering praise for accomplishing or attempting the task. Children’s abilities will vary depending on their age so be mindful of this.