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What is a Shape-Sorter?
A shape sorter is an educational toy that includes shapes like circle, parallelogram, quatrefoil, square, diamond, oval, and pentagon. A child usually places the shapes into correct holes that match their shapes. I love the shape-sorter by Melissa and Doug! It is colorful and it also rolls which is fun for the kids. My daughter loves to match the shapes and colors! It contains primary and secondary colors.
Since we are all at home doing distance learning, I wanted to share 5 differentiations I used with my shape-sorter. These activities kept my 5 year old engaged while she learned some great math vocabulary as well as helped her fine motor skills.
Vocabulary You Can Use
Five Different Ways I Used the Shape-Sorter
1) Roll and Match:
2) Trace the shapes:
3) Match each prism:
4) Shape sorting. Sort by:
- Number of sides
- Number of angles
- Organic and geometric shapes
5) Pick a prism-Have students choose a prism and create the shape with:
- Their bodies
- Pipe cleaners
- Wikki stix
- Ask your children what they think they could use.