The visual discrimination file folder game I made last night was SO successful today that I thought I'd try another one. My son exclaimed, "Wow! Beautiful!" this morning when he saw the butterfly visual discrimination game. I'm hoping for a similar reaction tomorrow. :)
The purpose of this file folder game is to match the shapes. It will promote discussion about colors, shapes, and sizes. Games like this that are kind of like puzzles also build hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills.
Materials Needed: Markers, 4 pieces of cardstock, a Shape Town template (you can download our template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/55560443/Shape-Town-File-Folder), scissors, tape (or glue), and a file folder.
1. Print out the Shape Town template onto cardstock.
I didn't have any white cardstock, so my task was a little more difficult. I printed the two pages of shapes onto regular printer paper and then later had to mount all of the shapes onto cardstock to make them thicker.
2. Color all of the shapes. I colored my town shapes so that they matched the cut out shape pieces on pages 3-4.
3. Cut out the shapes. If you used cardstock, you're done with that (much easier!).
4. I mounted all my cut out shapes to cardstock with tape and then cut them all out again (So annoying! I need to buy more white cardstock tomorrow!).
5. Tape or glue the Shape Town pages to the inside of the file folder. If you'd like add velcro to the pieces to make sticking them on and keeping them in place even easier.
6. Start the game! Have your little one match the cut out shape pieces to the corresponding shape in Shape Town. I would recommend laminating all the pieces and the file folder before you play with this too much.
Language Building Activities:
You can work on receptive language skill building by spreading all the cut out shapes on the floor and asking your child questions or giving them hints to find specific shapes- for example, "Can you find the big yellow circle?"... or "where is the circle that goes on top of the orange rectangle?"... or "Can you put the little green circle next to the orange circle?"
Talking about the shapes, colors, and sizes and modeling complete sentences for your child are all great ways to build expressive language skills.
You can find other fun shape activities here.