Children learn shapes and colors from their toys, books, and even their clothes. I still like to be purposeful in teaching the basic shapes and colors.
To make this game you just need a basic envelope and paper (cardstock is best) in the primary colors.
I cut a small circle, triangle, and square from each of the red, yellow, and blue papers. (About 1 1/2 inches each.)
I traced each of the shapes using a pencil onto the envelope. Then I went over the pencil marks with a black permanent marker. (If you are going to laminate-or use packaging tape- the shapes, now is the time to do it. I made the same exact game for my daughter years ago, and it lasted for the time that we needed it-without laminating.)
Then have your children match the shapes.
Later you can request a certain color and shape.
By having your child group by shapes or colors you are also introducing sets, a mathematical concept that will be used for many years to come. (Even if you never learned the word as a child, you'll have to trust me that it won't be the first foreign concept to you in math with your school-aged child.)
I'm linking up to ABC and 123's Show and Tell.