Have a variety of shape blocks. Ask the child what she wants to build. Provide suggestions if needed (e.g., an airport, farm, zoo, town, etc.).
Before starting to build say, “Let’s sort the blocks first, so we can find what we need. Let’s put the square blocks here….the round or curved blocks here… the triangle blocks here…. the rectangle blocks here.” As you are building request a specific shape from the child. “I need a square block. Please hand me one.”
The child sorts and names different shapes. Squares and rectangles may be confused.
Parents often have Legos or Duplo blocks. Encourage use of different shapes in blocks as well. These will encourage children to see how different shapes can be combined in various ways. Children can also see how different shapes are combined to make new shapes. (“Look. Two triangles make a square!”)
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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