Investigating Color, Shape, and Texture
This learning shapes toy combines colors, shapes, and textures to create an irresistible invitation to play.
That’s because young children delight in sensory experiences. They explore the world around them through all their senses. Initially, the bright colors grab their attention. As they investigate, they identify the colors-red, yellow, green, and blue, and four distinct shapes.
Preschoolers easily identify three of the four. The to-be-expected circle, square, triangle. But what’s the fourth? An unexpected and likely less familiar shape-a plus sign. Having looked at the shapes, they begin exploring with their sense of touch. Each shape features a distinctive pattern. Furthermore one of each shape comes in each of the four colors. The shapes fit into corresponding square bases. Because each shape comes in all four colors, players have choices. They can match shapes to bases or not.
This spurs further investigation and discovery. When color-matched, the shapes and bases look completely different from the high contrast combinations that mixing colors creates. Children see these differences best when playing on a lighted surface.
Open-ended, child directed play finds children arranging and re-arranging pieces by color and shape, creating ever changing patterns and sequences. They also mix and match shapes and bases to create more complex patterns. As they play, they’re not only expressing their creativity, they’re also learning to identify, classify, and categorize. This understanding of patterns and sequences is an important pre-reading skill. After all, a specific sequence of letters forms a word. Additionally such play develops fine motor skills, including dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
Great on their own. These translucent, acrylic shapes and bases are at their best when played with on an illuminated surface. A portable light panel provides cool, bright illumination. Discovery Shapes are a must have activity for children with low vision. And what better activity for inclusive play? Bases measure 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 1/2″. Thirty-two pieces include 16 shapes and 16 corresponding bases. Includes sturdy, yet velvety soft drawstring storage bag.