FROM STOP SIGNS TO DOOR SHAPES & TRIANGLE ROOFS, SHAPES ARE ALL AROUND US.
Learning about shapes helps children identify and organise the world around them visually, as well as being precursors for future learning.
Colour recognition is a key cognitive developmental step for toddlers, as it plays an important role in object recognition and is a vital part in helping children to develop their descriptive language skills, which in turn encourages clear communication and understanding.
Colour and shape form the foundation of so many areas of later learning – such as reading, maths and science – but also in the way in which we navigate through the world around us. For example, understanding road signs and traffic lights or the spatial awareness required to figure out how things can fit together and differentiating between colours on maps or wiring – almost every accept of life calls on these foundation skills.
Without even realising it our minds are identifying and noticing the green trees, square windows, red buses, blue skies…all of these wonderful colours and shapes around us.
A fun way to encourage your children to learn their shapes is to go on a Shape Hunt around your home. Cut a shape out of paper or card and have fun searching for objects that match that shape.
Or equally, get outside, and seek out everyday shapes & colours on your local streets and green spaces.
Happy shape hunting!
If you’d like to know more about the role colour and shapes play in your child’s development here are a few helpful resources:
SORTING & MATCHING MILESTONES FOR TODDLERS:
WHY GEOMETRY IS IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE:
WHY COLOURS AND SHAPES MATTER: