Super simple block learning activity for toddlers and preschoolers to practice their shapes and colors and then build! If your child loves blocks, I have tons of block activities for them to do!
We did this long, long ago with George (see below) and this time, Louis got a turn. George played along too and did block patterns that I shared on PBS Parents.
Before inviting the kids to play, first collect some blocks that you have! If you have different colored blocks (here’s an affiliate link to ones very similar to what we have), that’s even better, then you may need some colored markers (affiliate link) too.
I ripped off a large sheet of butcher paper (affiliate link) and traced several different shapes of blocks, as well as some of the same shape, but different colors.
Then Louis had the job of trying to find the matching block, that’s also in the correct color.
It proved to be an easy task for him.
After we were done, I encouraged the kids to build towers, but keeping their foundation on the correct color blocks.
This was fun to see Louis’ building skills!
Don’t forget to check out the block patterning that George did. I shared it on PBS Parents.
George’s block matching a couple years ago.
A very fast setup (excuse the scribbles on the paper!). While the boys were busy scribbling, I traced a few blocks in different shapes onto a large piece of butcher paper.
Basic Matching to Learn Shapes and Colors:
I traced them in the same color as the blocks too, just to add another element of learning.
I set out the blocks (affiliate link) with the traced outlines for George to match up.
As he matched up each block to the shape. I simply repeated what he was doing. Calling out the shape of the block, as well as the color.
George was better with matching up shapes then he was colors. But once he realized there were differences in the colors too, he soon grasped that as well.
Advanced Block Matching Activity:
Henry ended up getting pretty creative with our block to shape matching setup.
He not only matched the blocks to the correct shapes and colors, but he took it a step further and connected them all in a large structure.
Henry completely challenged himself with this task. I had absolutely nothing to do with it. And he was very determined to make it happen.
I didn’t plan for this at all, so some of my tracings of the blocks were too far apart to be able to reach to another within the span of one block. Henry did have to improvise to get it to work then and had to add supports.
This is a big deal for him at the moment. Adding supports is something he’s starting to understand with making block structures and that it can’t always just be one tall tower, or be top heavy. It needs supports underneath to make it stable and not fall down. I cannot tell you how helpful this is that he’s learning this. Its making block building much more fun to do with him! And I love how much its making him think about how he’s building his structures.
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