Exploring our shapes with blocks on the table top

We took our blocks from the block center for the day and turned them into a simple shape and color matching tabletop game…

Mrs. Courtney prepared the table by using different colors of tape to make all the shapes we had in our block basket on the table…

The children found the table and blocks all ready to go and explored the matching game in their own way.  Some of the children naturally matched up each block to each shape but didn’t concern themselves with matching the colors too…

Other children focused on making sure the color and shapes all matched up…

The nice thing about this activity is that there really is no right or wrong way to explore it…

Some of the children even preferred stacking the blocks as they explored the table top activity…

This is the kind of activity that some children will really take their time to explore and others will stop for a few minutes and then move on. As the children stopped by to visit the table, I would stop by too, on occasion, and ask the children to tell me the name of a shape or the color of their shape. In a sense, this was a way for me to evaluate which shapes the children already knew and which shapes they were still getting familiar with…

Super simple and a fun beginning of the school year way to explore our shapes…

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By |2012-10-03T05:30:47+00:00October 3rd, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Maro October 3, 2012 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Very clever idea! I am definitely doing this!

  2. cathie j October 3, 2012 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Fun idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Cathie at toddlersthroughpreschool.com

  3. I love this Deborah. I think I can make a portable version by using a baking sheet or tray, and hopefully my parents will feel that it is doable at home. Thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 5, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

      A portable version is a terrific idea Kristi!

  4. Mary October 3, 2012 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Creative, and fun way to EXPLORE Shapes, Colors, and Sizes recognition. Thank you for sharing your idea. Best, Mary

  5. Montessori Motherload October 3, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    That’s a fun idea! Simple and I can do it at home with my child. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Christie Wolff October 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! So simple yet so much learning can take place. Thanks!

  7. Vicky @ Mess For Less October 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Another great idea. I need to invest in the colored masking tape. Pinning now.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 5, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Thank you for pinning:)

  8. Ashleen Moreen October 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Sounds like fun. I am pretty sure that the kids are having so much fun exploring the different shapes on that table.

  9. gloria October 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    gracias por todas las ideas que nos brindan, son excelentes muchisimas de las ideas las he puesto en practica y los chicos emocionadicimos ,curios y ansiosos de aprender mas , todos los dias preguntan , “teacher y ahora que vamos hacer”?Gracias por todas las herramientas que nos regalan dia a dia para poder ver esas caritas felices .

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      That is so wonderful to hear Gloria! I am excited that your students are so excited about what you will do each day! It makes learning so much fun!

  10. School Sparks Renee October 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Fabulous idea! I love that the kids felt they could use the blocks in any way they wanted. Every child was successful! As always, Deborah, a wonderful lesson that any parent can adopt. Renee

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 5, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Thank you for your sweet comment Renee 🙂

  11. andie jaye October 4, 2012 at 12:53 am - Reply

    i love that you matched up the chairs with the color of tape in each sections!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      You know Andie – My assistant must have done that because I didn’t even notice that until you wrote this comment!! That was a cool idea!!

  12. Nancy October 4, 2012 at 8:33 am - Reply

    I thought this was such a good idea that I passed it along to the director of our Parents’ Day Out program. She liked it so much that she decided to buy a felt-backed plastic tablecloth and draw the shapes on the cloth. That way she could use it again and agin.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Oh, that is SUCH an awesome idea! I may have to borrow your director’s idea! Love it!

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