This was a fun unit to put together for Little Bee. There are over 10 Montessori shape lessons in this unit to explore and enjoy with your little one.
The first thing I did was find objects around the house that represented the shapes of round, square, and triangle. It was a challenge for me to find several triangles! It's wonderful to remember while teaching shapes to your children, to apply the shapes practically into everyday life.
I invented a gross motor shape sorting activity for Little Bee by cutting big shapes out of cardboard. Daddy held the shapes and then I asked Little Bee to bring me a shape by name. This encouraged Little Bee to recognize which shape to choose and then transport it across the room to me.
On Little Bee's shelves I designed three textured shapes for him to explore. I used a rough fabric and buttons to accentuate the shapes. Below are several "authentic" Montessori shape sorting toys that Little Bee really enjoys.