Children will develop a greater understanding of basic shapes and their features with this fun and simple wrapping activity. Yarn wrapped shapes will also help children develop their fine motor skills.
I love when learning activities are educational, simple and fun. Possum (aged 3 years) likes talking about commonly found shapes and has a developing understanding of their features. This activity was possibly a little beyond her capabilities, however, we gave it a go and it was a wonderful excuse to talk about colours and what is similar and different about each of the shapes.
Recommended age : 5 years +
Yarn wrapped shapes
You will need –
- Yarn – purchased from Spotlight
It’s amazing how much talk can come from a few shapes cut out from cardboard. We discussed each shape individually and then compared them to each other. How many sides, how many points, where we might find these shapes around the home were just some of the questions we asked and investigated.
To help the yarn wrap around the shape I cut small grooves along each side. I would especially recommend this for younger children as it helped to grip the yarn during the wrapping process.
Of course we discovered that some of the shapes were harder to wrap than others and it was interesting to talk about why that would be.
Possum lost interest in the activity after a little while and so I took over to complete it.
I don’t know about you, but I think these yarn wrapped shapes look absolutely gorgeous! This activity is a great way to highlight the various features of a basic shape (how many sides, points etc) and talk about colours at the same time.
Do you think your child would enjoy this activity?
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Wonderful visual and sensory experience. I had fun making a set for my granddaughter(15 months old otherwise, I might forge!) but will take them into work first as a provocation. Wonderful way to find out quite a few basic knowledge thing. A simple but clever idea – Thank You
Thank you Judith! Such a lovely compliment. We still have our set of yarn wrapped shapes and I hope to add more to our collection as my daughters interest in shapes grow. Wishing you a wonderful day.