This month I decided to start focusing on shapes as well as colors. I sewed (do not look too close) this memory or concentration game. On one side is a shape and the other side is blue flannel. I wanted to start small so I just pulled out four of the shapes; triangle, star, circle, square. These are the most common basic shapes. They are seen over and over on toys and in books. I do have other shapes that we will pull out after we master these. I have tried memory before but Jake is not ready for that.
I wanted to do something different so I started by showing Jacob the fabric shapes and placing them under the shape cards. (Should have matched the colors with the cards but that is an after thought!) I then pulled the fabric shapes together and turned them over. I flipped one over to reveal the shape. Then I made a big deal to say the shape and place it under the corresponding card. I went through all of the shapes like this while Jake watched. I then pulled them back and turned them all over again. It was his turn!
He happily chose a shape. He was very excited! In the picture above he was saying, "OOO!" I had to say the shape for him and then point to where it should go. He went and put the shape in its place. I took a turn next and we went back and forth.
He did not stay engaged to finish the game and he is not saying the shape names but we have a starting place. We will continue to practice shapes this way this month and will hopefully see some growth! Repetition is key- Practice makes perfect! :)