Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle for Toddlers!

Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle for Toddlers! Recycled Learning Craft

My trilingual 2-year-old son is learning to name his shapes in English, Chinese, and Korean!  He often mixes up the shape names, so I have been making more of an effort to point out shapes around the house!  To help my toddler with shape recognition in the spirit of Christmas, I prepared a Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle!  Although last year my kids had a blast with our Contact Paper Christmas Tree Shapes Activity, I have been trying to reduce plastic waste and instead use recycled materials like cardboard.  Cardboard is very durable, and thus I expect the Cardboard Christmas Tree to hold fairly well for a while!

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Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle for Toddlers!

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Important vocabulary

  • 圣诞树 / 聖誕樹 (Shèngdànshù / Christmas Tree)
  • 形状 / 形狀 (Xíngzhuàng / Shapes)
Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle for Toddlers! Recycled Learning Craft

What you need for the Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle

  1. Cardboard
  2. Learning resources shape templates
  3. Acrylic paint
  4. Scissors
  5. Pencil / Pen
Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle for Toddlers! Recycled Learning Craft

How to set up the Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle

  1. Trace shapes with shape template
  2. Cut and paint shape “ornaments”!
    1. Tip #1: To catch paint spills, I used a paper grocery bag.
    2. Tip #1: Paint only one side so that you can write the shape name on the opposite side for more language exposure
  3. Cut and paint cardboard Christmas tree
  4. Arrange shapes in desired pattern on tree (I lined them up like garland)
  5. Trace shapes with pencil
  6. Paint shapes on tree to match cut shapes

Time to play with the Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle!

At first, I let my son explore the puzzle quietly and independently.  It was fun to see him instantly figure out where each shape should go!  Afterward, I named each shape while he volunteered the color names.  Since he knows his colors well, he is confident and excited about telling me their names!  However, I didn’t want to distract his focus on visually discriminating and matching the shapes, so I waited to review their names.

As you can see, this activity is already great for fine motor skills!  Kids have to exercise their little fingers in order to pick up each shape!

Here’s a peek at how I wrote the shape names on the back of the puzzle!  Since Chinese is one of my children’s minority languages, I try to write Chinese on anything I can!  This way they are exposed to the Chinese characters and learn to read them over time!

Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzle for Toddlers! Recycled Learning Craft

If you try our Cardboard Christmas Tree Shapes Puzzles with your child, please let us know!  Leave a comment or tag @chalkacademy on Instagram and @chalkacademychinese on Facebook!  We love seeing kids have fun learning with their family!

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After Christmas, be sure to save the shapes for more shape learning fun!  You can even use them as stencils, which you can read more about in our post about Bilingual Cardboard Shape Stencils!

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