Excited to be taking part in the Cool Math for Kids series this month hosted by Peakle Pie. Today I will be sharing 5 ways to count and sort with foam shapes. Finding fun ways to play and learn at my house is a hit. This simple setup offers multiple ways to count and sort with the kids. The kids enjoy playing and I enjoy that they are learning as they go. This is also great for multiaged kids. You can mix it up for the older ones and keep it simple for the younger ones. Both of my older kids enjoyed counting and sorting with these foam shapes.
5 Fun Ways to Count and Sort with Foam Shapes
Supplies/what we used:
foam shape blocks– we got lucky and found these in the dollar spot at Target. I got several bags of them to use and hold on to.
colored construction paper
1. COUNT ALL THE SHAPES
We started out by counting all the shapes we had on the papers.
2. COLOR SORT AND COUNT
I then sat all the color paper out on the floor. My son went through the shapes and matched the colors. Next he counted each color set one by one. Example: 9 green shapes.
3. COUNT ALL OF ONE SHAPE
Example- count all of the circles, count all of the hearts… You can even ask them to add the total of circles to the total of hearts. Lots of ways to learn even more with this simple start.
4. COUNT SHAPES WITH 4 SIDES
I had the kids pick out all of the shapes with 4 sides (these were the square foam blocks) and count them. Depending on the shape of the blocks you can ask them to count the shapes with 3 sides…
5. COUNT AND STACK
This one was the favorite way to count and learn with the kids. They counted out the foam blocks as they stacked them. They would see how many they could stack before it would fall. They tried building a house… and counting the number of blocks it took.
Simple setup to count and sort with the kids. This is such a fun way to play and learn too. I see us getting out our foam blocks again for more math learning fun!