A few months ago, I made these simple felt shape pairs to introduce my 老二 (lǎo èr / second child) to shapes and teach 老大 (lǎodà / oldest child) the Chinese names. This felt shape matching activity is so easy to prep and can 一箭双雕 (yī jiàn shuāng diāo / kill two birds with one stone)! I wrote the Chinese characters with puffy paint for more sensory input when reading the characters.
Both kids still show interest to these because they stick to our couch! Basically, 老二 pulls them off and throws them around, and then 老二, also known as Miss Organization, likes to keep them matched up perfectly 😛
What you need:
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How to make felt shapes:
- Cut 2 of each shape
- Affix Velcro to felt; suggest using felt or fabric glue to glue Velcro to felt for extra durability
- Use puffy paint to label each 1 set of shapes with Chinese name
- When paint is dry, child will naturally be curious about feeling (and thus learning!) the Chinese characters
- Match corresponding shapes
If you try this activity, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram and Facebook.
If you want to try other activities with puffy dimensional paint, you’ll love these easy and educational activities:
- Learn the 心 Radical with Felt Valentines and Puffy Paint!
- Mystery Color Transfer Activity
- Learning Yin-Yang with Weather Stickers
- Counting Watermelon Seeds
Happy learning, friends!