Do you have little ones who are learning their shapes? If so, this shape game for kids is sure to entertain the young minds in your family. It was inspired by one of our favorite kid’s shows and is perfect for family game night. The best part is that this interactive shape game for kids makes learning fun.
Educational TV Shows
While surfing through Netflix recently, my daughter wanted me to turn on “the baby show”. Normally, we try to choose educational shows, and since I hadn’t seen this “baby show,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. I assumed this would be one that she would quickly lose interest in, but surprisingly, I couldn’t have been more wrong. It has quickly become a new favorite in our house. My toddler and preschooler love singing the songs and it has helped my preschooler in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
The show is called, “CoComelon”. It’s an American YouTube channel and TV Show on Netflix. It was formerly known as ABCkidTV and ThatsMEonTV. As of July 2020, they are the most-viewed YouTube channel in the United States and second-most in the world. Sounds pretty impressive, right?!
The videos on “CoComelon” include animated children, adults, and animals who interact with each other in daily life. Each episode is in song form and includes nursery rhymes and children’s songs. The lyrics appear at the bottom of the screen so children and adults can sing along.
The educational rhymes and songs are great for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. They encourage learning and help build positive attitudes and self-esteem. They are truly empowering to young minds.
The show has truly been a positive influence for our preschooler. She has always been very hesitant to swim in our pool. After watching an episode of JJ, the main character, learning how to swim, she began humming and singing the song and talking about learning how to swim. Now, she wakes up every day asking if we can go swimming, and even works on her skills while taking a bath. She has also started practicing soccer skills like bouncing a ball on her knee because of another song from CoComelon.
We have gotten so many creative ideas from the show that have inspired us to learn and implement new traditions in our family. This shape game for kids has been a fun way for my girls to practice their shapes. It’s such a simple activity that can be done with little to no prep.
What Shape Is This Game
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If you don’t have flashcards, you can draw the shapes out on pieces of paper.
What shape is this? What shape is this? What’s the name of this shape? It has ____ sides. It has ____ corners. What’s the name of this shape?
*For a circle, you will say, “What shape is this? What shape is this? What’s the name of this shape? It’s a round shape. It has no corners. What’s the name of this shape?”
How to Play
Sit down with your child and hold up a shape card. Point to the shape while you sing the lyrics to the song. Be sure to point out the sides and corners while you sing.
When you are done singing the song, ask your child to tell you the name of the shape. After they determine what shape it is, have your child look around the house for an object that is the same shape as the one you are holding up.
When they bring the item back to you, help them determine if it has the correct number of sides and corners. If they bring back an item that isn’t the same shape, let them know that it doesn’t quite match. Does it have too many sides? Not enough corners? If they need some extra help, count the sides and corners again and give them some examples of items around the house that you found. Sometimes it’s easier to find an object if they can see similar ones.
If they got it right, cheer and praise them for getting it right!
“Yay! You matched the shape. That took a lot of determination to find one that has the same number of sides and corners like the one in the picture. I’m so proud of you!”
That’s it. Pretty simple right?!
This no-prep shape game for kids is so simple and engages kids as they build confidence and learn about their shapes. I hope you and your kids enjoy this shape game as much as we do. And if you’re looking for an educational show to watch, our entire family highly recommends “CoComelon”.
Love & Blessings,
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