One word, Velcro! My daughter is absolutely crazy about anything with Velcro, and it’s a great way to make learning interactive. A few months ago, we put Velcro on jumbo craft sticks, and jumped right in. It’s a perfect activity for learning shapes, and letters. Especially for learning how many sides each shape has. Also, my child loves demolishing things, and she loves ripping the shapes apart after she helps me build them. She loves to tell me to make a decagon, or a nonagon. I love hearing a two year old say nonagon.
- Velcro dots
- Craft sticks
- Put one scratchy Velcro piece on each end of a jumbo craft stick.
- Turn the stick over, and put one soft Velcro piece on each end of the stick.
- Repeat the steps for
- Depending on your child’s age, and skill level, you can either help them build, make task cards with pictures on them, and challenge them to build what’s on the card, or let them use their imagination.
- My daughter likes to have me make decagons, and nonagons, and any other shape, or letter I can think of to build. I’m sure there are plenty of other things a child’s imagination can come up with.
- Then comes tearing the sticks apart, which seems to be her favorite part.
Tip- Store the sticks in a zip lock baggie, and put them in an easy to reach spot on a bookshelf, or in a easy to access bucket. I will be making a post soon on how I have our house set up for ease of access, so that my daughter can easily see, reach, and put away her own toys.
Here are some pictures of some of the things we like to do with our Velcro craft sticks.