Matching Velcro Shapes

This is one of the activities I have planned out for this week of teaching shapes. She knew how to recognise basic shapes, and this is one of the introductory lessons to reinforce her concept of shapes, as well as expose her to print words of the names of shapes.

This simple activity develops these skills in your child:

1. Matching

2. Organisational skill

3. Visual Tracing

4. Shape recognition

5. Fine motor skills like Hand-eye coordination

To prepare the learning set, I printed out basic shapes like triangle, square, circle, heart,etc. I chose the same colour for every shape, so as to minimise unnecessary distraction for the learner since the focus here is on the concept of shapes. Then I cut out pieces of velcro and attached it to the shapes. You can buy velcro tape from Popular Bookstore or any local stationery store.

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For presentation and storage, I placed all the loose shapes cut-outs in a separate tray by the side of the matching sheet.

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To begin, I presented the matching shapes to my girl, and read out the names of the shapes to her. For each shape, I asked her to point to the shape that was being read out. This is to reinforce her skill of shape recognition.

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After recognising the shapes, I then repeated the process by reading out the name and asking her to find the same shape to match. She loves searching for the right shape from the side tray, as if its a hide-and-seek game for her! When she found the shape she was looking for, she enthusiastically matched it to the same shape on the learning sheet. While matching the crescent shape, she remarked, “Mummy, this is the same as the crescent on the Singapore flag!” I was pleasantly elated that she could recall the shapes found on our national flag, which goes to show her awareness of shapes in the environment around her.

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After practicing two rounds of matching, she was able to interact with the learning materials independently. One of her delights doing this activity is creating the sound of the velcro being torn apart! Something that I love myself when I was a kid too!

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This is just another great example that I found online on creating materials that are fun and inexpensive!

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7 thoughts on “Matching Velcro Shapes

  1. Hi Lynn,

    I love reading your posts as they give me great ideas for teaching my son. I feel that he’s a little young at the moment for some of the concepts and activities. What can you suggest for a 20 month old?

    Also, I’ve always wondered if you laminated your teaching sheets? What sort of protective cover do you have on all the sheets so you can keep reusing them?

    Keep up the great work on your blog. You are an inspiration to all of us.

    Cheers, Erica

    • Hi Erica!

      Thanks for the encouraging note! It goes a long way for me and spurs me on to write my blog and share it with precious mummies like yourself!

      For a 20-month old, he is growing at an exponential rate! A toddler can pick up approx 10 new words a day! So in terms of language development, you can take him for walks in the park or beach, and name objects for him. He may not be able to articulate the words accurately, but what you are providing is rich language input which will later translate into him speaking and writing. You can also cultivate in him a love for books! Read lots of rhymes and simple
      Books with attractive illustrations. Talk to your child about what he can see in the pictures. Songs and language games like I spy with my little eye make language fun and enjoyable!

      Toddlers that age also needs a lot of sensory play! They take in new information and discovers new things through their senses! Lots of free play with sand and water is great! You may also create sensory bins with ingredients like beans/ rice and some play tools like spoons, shovels or his Favourite toys!

      In terms of motor development, let him explore playgrounds, and water play areas. Motor skills like running, climbing and balancing will be his next developmental milestones! You can start to sharpen his fine motor skills by allowing him to do practical life activities such as pouring, transferring and using tongs. ( can check out my practical life activities!). It will help prepare him for writing!

      Yes, I laminate my learning sheets and a laminating machine is the most worthwhile investment for me! 🙂

      Hope this helps!
      Keep in touch!
      Lynn 🙂

    • Hi Erica!

      Thanks for the encouraging note! It goes a long way for me and spurs me on to write my blog and share it with precious mummies like yourself!

      For a 20-month old, he is growing at an exponential rate! A toddler can pick up approx 10 new words a day! So in terms of language development, you can take him for walks in the park or beach, and name objects for him. He may not be able to articulate the words accurately, but what you are providing is rich language input which will later translate into him speaking and writing. You can also cultivate in him a love for books! Read lots of rhymes and simple
      Books with attractive illustrations. Talk to your child about what he can see in the pictures. Songs and language games like I spy with my little eye make language fun and enjoyable!

      Toddlers that age also needs a lot of sensory play! They take in new information and discovers new things through their senses! Lots of free play with sand and water is great! You may also create sensory bins with ingredients like beans/ rice and some play tools like spoons, shovels or his Favourite toys!

      In terms of motor development, let him explore playgrounds, and water play areas. Motor skills like running, climbing and balancing will be his next developmental milestones! You can start to sharpen his fine motor skills by allowing him to do practical life activities such as pouring, transferring and using tongs. ( can check out my practical life activities!). It will help prepare him for writing!

      Yes, I laminate my learning sheets and a laminating machine is the most worthwhile investment for me!
      Hope this helps!
      Keep in touch!
      Lynn

  2. Hi Lynn,

    Love reading your blog. Have been following since the beginning!

    Can you suggest some activities that I could do with my 8mth old?

    • Hi!!

      Thanks for your support
      For Playhood! Means a lot to me!!

      For your 8 month old, they are curious and getting mobile with their crawling, standing up and grabbing of objects! You can provide a safe exploratory area for them with plush toys, egg cartons, blocks, push-pull toys. Or water toys for them to splash around with. Let them learn about the cause effect of objects.

      In terms of language devt, continue to name simple words for objects and family members for them in repetition. Talk to them like you are having a conversation with them. Engage them with your expressions and touch.

      Some activities for suggestion are:
      Encourage crawling
      Time by putting out their fav toy for them to reach

      Play peekaboo games and hide seek games for fun and Interaction

      Read interactive books with lift flaps, and board books with textures to feel. Talk to them about the pictures.

      Take them for walks and name objects and sounds around them. Heighten their hearing and observation skills

      Play nursery rhymes songs and do simple actions like clapping and movement of fingers like Italy Bitsy spiders and twinke stars

      Hope this helps!!

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