Shape Sorter

Duration: any

Age: baby, toddler

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Mind Builder

summary:

Try this bit of crafty recycling to make your child a Shape Sorter. It’s great for their development, and easy and lightweight to tuck in your bag for entertaining them in waiting rooms.

We could take it on outings and it didn’t matter if pieces got lost or broken
- Rachel Smith, VIC.

Equipment:

Empty butter/margarine container with lid. Scissors. Various bottle tops.

Directions:

We made a shape sorter using bottle tops and a butter container. Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Thoroughly wash and dry butter container and bottle lids.
Step 2: Measure the bottle tops, and mark out on the lid of the butter container. Mark one shape to fit bottle tops through flat, and another to fit them through on their side.
Step 3: Cut out the holes in the lid, making sure you get rid of any sharp parts along the cut edge (a quick rub with a nail file or sandpaper will work). Draw a thick line around the edge of the hole to emphasis the shape.
Step 4: Put lid on the container, and let your baby try to learn how to get the bottle tops in the holes.

My 12 month old loved it. We could take it on outings and it didn’t matter if pieces got lost or broken. Great entertainment in waiting rooms!