The mats include colorful cupcakes and shapes cupcakes. This
activity will help children learn colors and shape recognition; it will
also give children fine motor skills practice. Laminate mats, and cut
along the border. Place the mats in your manipulatives center alongside
play-dough. Allow children to use play-dough to create with various
colors and to form shapes. Colors included are red, orange, yellow,
green, blue, purple, and pink. The shapes included are rectangle,
square, rhombus, parallelogram, arrow, star, circle, oval, heart,
trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, octagon.
black and white and colored versions are provided for you to choose.
There is one black and white colors mat. If you choose to use the black
and white versions for a color saving option, laminate the black and
white mat, and use a dry erase marker to write the color name on the
mat. Tell the children which color play-dough to use on the mat. There
is also one rainbow colored cupcake color mat; for this mat, allow
children to choose their own play-dough colors to use. Shapes mats have
each shape in both colorful and black and white versions.
used in this resource are Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Standards: Infant Toddler and Preschooler Domains.
Infant Toddler Domains: Cognition: Emergent Mathematical Thinking
Goal IT-C 10. Child uses matching and sorting of objects or people to understand similar and different characteristics.
- By 36 months, sorts toys or other objects by color, shape, or size.
Preschooler Mathematics Development: Geometry and Spatial Sense
Goal P-MATH 9. Child identifies, describes, compares, and composes shapes.
Preschooler Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Fine Motor
Goal P-PMP 3. Child demonstrates increasing control, strength, and coordination of small muscles.