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Toddler Shape Activities: Matching Game

Quick and Easy Toddler Time!

TIME, TIME, TIME! I think most people would agree that we live in a very busy world these days. From work, to shopping/errands, to taking care of our kids, to doing any and everything on phones lol? Unfortunately I’m often out and get the crazy feeling that many are spending more and more time on our phones these days and less devoted, quality time with our loved ones.

One of the largest complaints I hear from moms, dads, and caregivers literally across the nation is that there is not enough time in the day to devote to being creative with the kids on a day to day basis. Just too many things to do. (Not a great excuse to not be creative with our kids BTW but trust me I’ve been there and it can be a true reality)

So today I set out to do something very simple and creative with my son, in a very short amount of time, using¬† materials that I already had in the house. Toddler shape activities is always something I’m interested in because its a great learning activity but also fun! So take a look at how we did this toddler project quick and easy!

Materials (Time: Just a few minutes)

  1. Grab a marker, pen, crayon, or whatever you like.
  2. Next grab some construction paper or maybe an old poster board or cardboard you have laying around. It doesn’t have to be big, just big enough to to outline shapes.
  3. Next, go through your toddlers toys and find anything that has a shape. Here’s the beauty, they don’t have to match! That’s it!

The How (Time: Less than 5 min)

  1. Now this step is open for interpretation ūüôā¬† I used a marker to write “SHAPE MATCH” on top of the old poster board I found. This step is not necessary, but my son happens to be going through a sight word phase.
  2. Next I used that same marker to outline his shapes. Now my son was beside me while I was doing this. He was stepping on the board, trying to take my marker, making me mess up the lines, etc. LOL. But that’s OKAY!!¬† It doesn’t have to be perfect and my toddler was already getting excited. This step still only took me a few minutes even with the interference.
  3. Let your toddler have at it! Whether you want to help them or if he or she already knows the basics, it will  definitely be a fun activity that you can take out from time to time.

Have you tried a shape match activity with your toddler? If so let me know below!



  • ebufi

    What a nice game to play with your child, very simple and entertaining, and he is learning about shapes in 4D. It is so important to spend time with our children, it pays in the long run. Great article, it reminded me when I was playing with my kids, sitting on the floor, all crayons and water colors on the floor and they exploring their artistic abilities and I even hang up some of their work on the walls. Enjoy this times they are priceless.

  • Udoh


    This is actually a great idea. My kids are in pre-k and know the shapes etc…and are currently are learning on writing…so I am going to have them do this activity.

    I like your site. Tons of info on kids. Will be back for more ideas.

  • Efi Azulay

    Hi Kayla,
    I love this great idea.
    On this coming Saturday, we supposed to have a crazy weather so we will need to stay at home.
    I will try this game with my two kids.
    I will tell you if they like it.

  • Lindsey

    This is a great post! I don’t have children but frequently have children over and am constantly look for ideas to keep them entertained so I don’t go crazy. I appreciate how simple it is and how it will stimulate the children’s minds. I am definitely going to bookmark this page as something to do when they come over.

  • Arlet

    Thats a great idea to keep a toddler busy!
    Instead of buying one of the multiple shape toys in stores, we can make this right away with their own toys, i really like ideas like this, using whatever one has to create endless fun!
    I will try this right away!
    Thank you for this idea Kayla!

  • Melissa Hazlett

    What a fun and simple learning game. I also want to mention that you made it so it doesn’t cost anything. So any parent with a small child should be able to do this very easily. I can see where it could also be very beneficial to the child in learning new skills not just shapes. Way to go. Thank you so much

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