Veronika loves the bumpy feel of hot glue, so when I spotted this fun, tactile way to help a toddler learn shapes, I knew we had to try it!
Ideally I would have liked to make the shape outlines on sturdy poster board, but construction paper worked fine in a pinch. Using hot glue, make the outlines of as many shapes as you can fit on your piece of paper.
Of course the wonder of hot glue is how quickly it sets and cools, so within moments, I set this down in front of Veronika to explore.
She immediately started shouting out the names of the shapes she saw. I showed her how to run her fingers around the bumpy lines of each, and she delighted in the feel. Without knowing it, this can be your toddler’s first introduction to tracing, which itself is the precursor to someday drawing shapes with a pencil!
There was lots more we could do with this little piece of paper. Veronika liked filling in the outlines with dried beans since the bumpy hot glue made little “containers”. If your child is learning to count, you can also count out the beans as you add them!
Next we placed a piece of white paper on top and I showed Veronika how to make shape rubbings.
She wasn’t very interested in that activity, but did like using a marker to color directly in the lines of each shape.
Overall, this was a simple activity that’s easy to set up and extend in multiple ways.