I wanted to create a new way to play and learn about shapes with my son. Craft sticks are great for making shapes but I wanted to be able to build shapes that stayed together. I went to Michaels craft store and purchased a bag of small, round Velcro stickers to adhere to the craft sticks. These worked out great! Since my son is two, I build shapes for him and we play an I-spy shape game. I simply ask where the shape is and my son picks up the shape and shows me. It has been a great go-to learning activity that he enjoys. We keep the sticks stored in a box that I purchased at Michaels craft store for $1.
This learning activity is especially great for older children that can build shapes on their own. You can provide flash cards (or simply index cards) as an example of how many sides each shape has along with the name of each shape to help them as they build.
Discussing color patterns when making shapes with colorful craft sticks can be another teachable moment during this activity as well.
This activity is another example of how learning can be fun and inexpensive. My son even loves the sound that the Velcro makes when we disassemble the shapes. There is nothing more exciting to spark the love of learning in little explorers than hands on learning activities.