I love this cardboard shape toddler craft - an easy and inexpensive toddler activity to do at home. A few cardboard shapes provide a simple building and sorting activity for toddlers. This open-ended activity is easy to setup with recycled cardboard to promote hands-on creative play.
Cardboard Shapes - Easy Toddler Craft Activity
Recycling cardboard for a toddler activity has never been easier. Simply cut basic shapes from pieces of cardboard, and place them on a table or in a tray. Kids can color the shapes, decorate them with self-adhesive stickers, or just leave them plain.
Cardboard shapes have versatility, with options for building and sorting. They also have durability when cut from strong cardboard.
What you need to make the cardboard shape toddler activity
- Cardboard - any kind will do. Try your best to recyle an old box or container.
- Sharp scissors (adult use)
- Marker Pens - I like these washable ones (for obvious reasons)
Shapes can be outlined with a ruler and cut with a craft knife or scissors. Make basic shapes at first – square, triangle, rectangle, circle.
Incorporate different textures such as corrugated cardboard, and different colors of cardboard if available.
Your child can color the shapes with crayons or markers, or paint the shapes if preferred. You could even provide some self-adhesive stickers to decorate the shapes.
Try to keep supplies to a minimum – too much at once can overwhelm your toddler.
This simple activity for toddlers and preschoolers provides open-ended play and learning.
Kids can sort, stack and build with shapes in fun and creative ways.
A variety of sizes and color of shapes combines sensory and fine motor play with the creative play.
Place the shapes on a table or tray so your child can freely explore the materials.
Engage your child in conversation, while guiding the activity with your own participation.
- How many wheels do you have on the bus?
- Let’s build a house with some of the shapes.
- Can you stack the squares and rectangles?
This is a mess-free and hands-on activity that needs little in the way of instruction.
Toddler activities should be simple and open-ended. Cardboard shapes provide both. Younger kids can immediately engage with the materials, practise math skills, and engage in creative play.
This activity is a great play based math activity. Some more simple toddler activities that you might enjoy are:
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Heather is a former preschool teacher and founder of preschooltoolkit.com, a website providing early learning resources for teachers and parents. She focuses on creating fun crafts and activities that engage developmental skills while promoting hands-on learning through play. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitterand Instagram