Puzzles are a great way to teach any topic and 2 part puzzles are perfect for the toddler crowd. Print these free 2 part shape puzzles and you’ll be on your way to teach shapes to your toddler or preschooler very soon.
Using these puzzles is pretty self-explanatory, but here are some simple directions for use with toddlers. Simply, put 2-3 shapes on the table at a time. You will have 4 or 6 pieces on the table since each shape has two pieces. Spread the pieces around so they are all mixed up. Have your toddler choose one piece and then have them look for the other piece of that puzzle. When your toddler has both pieces, let them put the puzzle pieces together to complete the shape.
Sometimes your toddler might have a hard time actually putting the pieces together to make the shape, you can help them put the shape together. Then, talk about what shape was just made.
These puzzles also work great for preschool shape activities. When using with preschoolers, put all the shape pieces on a table at a time. Have your preschooler sort through the shapes to find matches and to put the puzzle pieces together.
Once all the puzzles are completed, tell your kids to mess up one shape at a time. Have them say the name of the shape out loud as they are messing it up. This gives them some extra practice at saying the shape name.
When your toddler is young, just focus on the four basic shapes (circle, square, triangle and rectangle). You don’t need to teach them the harder shapes. There is plenty of time for that when they are preschool age. There are a lot of preschool shape activities for them to do when they are older. But for now they are the perfect age to learn 4 shapes.