– colored cardstock
– scissors or paper cutter
– toys/objects from around the house
1. Cut each piece of cardstock in half. I used 4 pieces, so I ended up with 8 cards.
2. Trace some of your child’s favorite objects onto the cardstock using a marker. You can have your child choose the objects and you can trace them. If your child is older, have them choose more challenging objects and let them trace their own “puzzle” pieces.
3. Lay out the completed “puzzles” and have your child try and match the objects with their outline.
4. If your child struggles the first time, model how to complete the puzzles and then have him try again.
5. When finished, store the objects and cards in a basket in your child’s room so that he can try out his puzzles again and again when he is playing.
Another easy prep/automatically motivating activity. My little guy loved doing something new with the toys that are already his favorites. He was so proud of himself when he made a correct match! This could also be modified to make it into a memory game. Just trace each object twice and have your child match the cards and clip them together with a clothespin.
This activity can foster a lot of conversation about size, shape, and colors (ex. “the hammer is orange and yellow” or “the green gear is round”). You can also talk about the function of the objects (ex. track= what the train drives on). You can practice receptive language skills by asking your child to listen and follow directions, for example, “find the object that is red and round” or “find the object that you use to hammer a nail.” You can make the questions/directions easier or harder depending on your child’s age.
Idea inspired by the The Toddler’s Busy Book.
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