What are some shape themed Montessori inspired circle toddler school trays that will teach my toddler about shapes?
These circle toddler trays are so much fun! We are sure your toddler will love learning about shapes through these simple and easy activities.
Shape Game for Circles: Shape Quiet Book
This Shape Quiet Book is a great way to keep your toddler entertained and learning. Be sure to check out the original post. When using this book for the Circle toddler trays, try to focus more on the circle page than the other pages since this is the Circle tray week.
Decorate a Circle
Print this do-a-dot circle page from 3 Dinosaurs. Be sure to check out the Teach Shapes by Decorating Shapes post to see other fun ways to decorate shapes besides using do-a-dot markers.
You can use the two part ball puzzles that were made for the ball-themed toddler trays for this tray. Cut out all of the puzzles (minus the football because it isn’t shaped like a circle), the trace them onto some construction paper. Put the pieces on the tray along with a glue stick. While doing this tray, present one puzzle at a time and tell your toddler where the pieces go. At first this may be pretty difficult, but once they get the first and second ones figured out, they will start to catch on. Plus, using the glue stick is great fine motor practice!
You can find an appetizer tray from the dollar store (or on amazon) and it is perfect for sorting. This tray has several green glass gems and several orange square pattern blocks in the center. Have your toddler sort the green glass gems into one opening and the orange pattern blocks into another opening. You can also do a sorting activity with this tray during the Purple toddler trays week.
This toddler tray is perfect for a toddler that is just beginning to use scissors. Print out this printable for the activity. You can print the first page on construction paper to make it more colorful, then cut out the circles and put them on the tray with some scissors. The idea is to cut the circles in half. At first, you may need to help your toddler hold the circles, but by the end of the week they will probably be able to hold the paper and the scissors by themselves. Though they might still need help to cut them in half.
Print out this coloring circles printable and put it on the tray with some crayons. My color printer is currently out of yellow ink and I am still waiting for the new ink to arrive, so I just used markers to color the color words. I also broke all of the crayons in half so they are smaller. If you have a young toddler and want to teach them good pencil grip, breaking crayons in half is a great way to do this. I don’t know what it is about having a smaller crayon, but it forces your child to grip it in a different way than if it was a full-length crayon. Anyway, have your toddler use the crayons to colored the circles the right color.
It seemed like the toddler trays this week had a lot of printables and not a lot of hands-on stuff. But they are such fun activities anyways.