Learning shapes is one of the first things that we learn. It is important for future math and basic life skills that we learn our simple shapes. This can be done with flashcards, but isn’t it more fun to use hands-on activities like this Shapes Sensory Bin Search?
So what is a Shapes Sensory Bin Search you ask? I’ll tell you. We created shape cards. Yes, basically like printable flashcards, but they are going to be used so differently. In this set, there is also a recording sheet. We set this activity up with a sensory bin. You can use any filler you would like, but we used plastic puzzle pieces like these.
You will need a few things for this activity.
To prep, the cards and recording sheet, print the set.
Cut the cards separately from each other.
I like to laminate everything. The first reason is that the cards go into the bin with the plastic pieces and they can easily get bent if there isn’t the protection of lamination.
These Playdough Activities are also really fun!
The second reason is that dry erase markers can be used with the recording sheets.
So to play, put all of the shape cards into the bin and mix it around. Children can dig in the sensory bin and search for a card. When a card is found, they will identify the shape, say the name and search again but this time on the recording sheet. When they find the matching shape they can color it in or X it out. This can be done with crayons on paper, but I prefer laminated so that we can use it over and over.
This is a fantastic way to practice shape identification and coloring skills. When more of a challenge is necessary, the shape words are on the cards too.
Now, I know it sounded like I was talking down on flashcards. I’m not. They can be super helpful if your children enjoy them. These cards can easily double as flash cards that are perfect for taking on the road or to a restaurant.
You may also like these fun Color Flap printables!
You can also do this activity without the sensory bin. You could turn the cards over, or put them in a stack and have the child look one by one. When they identify the shape, they can color or X out the shape on the recording sheet.