(I must first apologize for my photography right now! I am so big and pregnant that I am only taking pictures from my seated position and if that doesn't work, too bad! Sorry for my extreme laziness!!!)
I used puzzles like this last month inspired by Toddler Approved. Jake loved these puzzles so much that I decided to make some to go along with our theme this month: Apples and Farms.
Download here: Shape Puzzles
I just laid out the pieces and Jake knew just what to do! He put every piece where it belonged. I said the name of the shape as he placed the piece in it's correct spot. I would like him to get to the point where he says the name of the shape as well.
This month I cut the pieces out of foam sheets to make them a little easier to handle. These foam sheets came from the Dollar Store. I love using them because I can cut them into any shape I need.
I cut out a rectangular piece so I could right the names of the tractor and wagon. I want him to start recognizing words and identifying them. Right now I say the word when he picks up the piece and he repeats after me. The next step over a few days will be to say, "T for tractor, W for wagon" and we will move forward from there.