We’re continuing the Move & Learn series: playful learning ideas for active kids. Along with Hands On: As We Grow and Coffee Cups & Crayons, we will be posting ways to combine gross motor skills with learning. Today’s post is Geometry Jump, an active shape game that can be adapted for toddlers and preschoolers.
Shape Game Set Up
Using several different colors of sidewalk chalk, draw different shapes, in different colors. For this board, I stuck with one color per shape, because I knew I wanted my preschooler to be able to play with patterns. We were playing with a mix of preschoolers and toddlers, so I used basic shapes.
Once I drew the “game board” on our driveway, I called the kids over. We looked at the shapes, and talked about the different colors and shapes we saw. Then I called out a few shapes or colors to get the kids started.
Toddler Shape Game
Version 1: I yelled out the name of the shape the child jumped to (or, sometimes, just the color. Or both!)
Version 2: If it seems like the toddlers are fairly comfortable with the shapes, I would yell out the the name of the shape (or color) and they would jump to it.
Preschooler Shape Game
Version 1: I call out the name of the color and the shape, and the preschooler jumps to it.
Version 2: I called out the pattern (“White circle, blue square, white circle, blue square”), and the preschooler jumps the pattern.
We also let the kids take turns being the “caller” and giving shapes or colors for the others to jump to.
My partners in this series are sharing ways to move and learn (and best of all – the ideas are simple!):
Coffee Cups & Crayons is sharing an ice cream ABC game that I bet my kids would love!
Hands On: As We Grow is also sharing a shape game – a fun way to move and learn with shapes with a ball!
Plus, have you seen our Move & Learn Pinterest board? We’re sharing our favorite ways to combine gross motor skills and learning from around the web. If you have a favorite activity, let us know, and we’ll add it in!