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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

· Yourself!

Photographer: Colin Maynard | Source: Unsplash

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.

Photographer: Meghan Thompson | Source: Unsplash

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.

Tracking the activity:

0-11 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Responds when talked to, for example, moves arms and legs, changes facial expression, moves body and makes mouth movements

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Responds to what carer is paying attention to, e.g. following their gaze

Communication and Language: Listening and attention- Reacts in interaction with others by smiling, looking and moving

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Makes movements with arms and legs which gradually become more controlled

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Reaches out for, touches and begins to hold objects

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Explores objects with mouth, often picking up an object and holding it to the mouth

Photographer: Jelleke Vanooteghem | Source: Unsplash

8-20 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Interacts with others and explores new situations when supported by familiar person

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Builds relationships with special people

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Self-confidence and self-awareness- Engages other person to help achieve a goal, e.g. to get an object out of reach

Communication and Language: Understanding- Developing the ability to follow others’ body language, including pointing and gesture

Communication and Language: Understanding- Understanding of single words in context is developing, e.g. ‘square’, ‘cup’, ‘milk’, ‘daddy’

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Sits unsupported on the floor

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- When sitting, can lean forward to pick up small toys