Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Terrific Tuesdays-Shape Scavenger Hunt

Hey friends! Destri here from The Mother Huddle and I am so excited to be here on Dianna's sweet spot on the web. Today I have a fun and easy, keep the kids super busy kind of activity. I will be honest, I was a little hesitant with sharing this idea. It just seemed too simple to be exciting enough for a guest post! But really, any activity that keeps my toddlers busy for an hour without making a mess, and without me having to do the better portion of it, is a keeper. If it's too hot outside they can do it indoors, which is perfect for me; we're melting by 10 am! I was actually pretty surprised with how excited they were with this game, so don't let the simplicity of it scare you off!

Shape Scavenger Hunt For Preschoolers

Ages - 2-5 years old

One thing I love about this age is that they are so excited about learning. And I tend to underestimate my two year old for some reason. I always find myself thinking "wow, I didn't think she would understand that!". But time and time again she surprises me, so don't leave the little ones out of this one!
Print out this page by simply clicking on the image, save, then print. We were at home when we played so I just told my kids that we were going on a hunt for shapes. I was pleasntly surprised by their level of enthusiasm, they took the challenge very seriously :). If you are in the car, just give them the sheet and let them mark the shapes off as they see them. I think this would be a great activity for the grocery store to keep their little minds busy.

We started by looking over the shapes...then they were off!

First they found some squares and rectangles...

Then I asked them if they could see any ovals. My son runs to this picture frame, but the one that surprised me was the two year old...

I had a dresser drawer open and she spotted the oval in the wood grain. Of course I was excited, because I never thought she would be that observant, and she knew she had found a good one. She was pretty proud :)

While in the same room I asked if they could see any triangles. I had to remind them that they had three sides, and showed them the picture again, and sure enough, we found one.

Then we had to find a star. I will be honest, I thought this would be a tough one. We talked about it having five points, looked at the picture, and to my sheer amazement my two year old looks up and points to the fan. Sheesh! I don't think I would have thought of the fan!

Next we headed outside where we instantly found a circle. At this point my son says, "Mom, shapes are everywhere!". It was fun to see him recognize the point of the activity.

Again, this one shocked me. My two year old found the diamond. All by herself.

They were really exited about finding the octagon :)

We searched and searched for the semi-circle, but we had to find it back inside. Yay! We had found them all! But they kept on going for at least a half an hour bringing me different items with shapes. The next day we took the shapes in the car and they had just as much fun with the activity while driving. That's the great thing about this game, it can be played in the car, at home, at the store, anywhere! Just print off the shapes and your set!

Thanks so much for having me Dianna!


  1. My little ones will love this!

  2. We are going on a road trip soon. I am going to bring this game a long.


  3. My son would love this game. He is crazy about finding shapes right now!

  4. The fan for the star shape...that's good.

  5. Thanks everyone! And thank you for having me Dianna!

  6. Could you tell me what book it is that you were looking at with the shapes labelled in Spanish and English? I'm trying to introduce Spanish at an early age too. Thanks!

  7. Could you please comment on the title/author of the book that you were looking at with the shapes in English/Spanish? I'm trying to introduce my kids to Spanish at an early age too, and that book looks like a good resource. Thanks!


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