Montessori at Home: DIY Shape Matching Board

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This month, we are recommending activities that you can try out with the younger age group of children (around 18 months to 2 years old).

Some parents may be feeling helpless thinking that there are limited activities to engage your child while they are still very young. However, fear not, as here is just one activity idea for you to work together with your child on at home.

In this activity, not only will you be introducing the various shapes to your child, you’ll also be helping them to begin to recognize them. Many objectives can be achieved through this activity such as focusing on the color, the shape and even the size!  In addition, it helps in the concentration and visual perception skills of your child. They are also building their vocabulary!

Materials Needed

  • Cardboard
  • Cling Wrap
  • Unwanted Paper (e.g., Magazine)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Shaped Blocks
  • Whiteboard Marker

Activity Preparation:

1. Cut a square, circle and triangle from magazine paper.

2. Glue the cut–out shapes onto the cardboard.

3. Wrap the board with a cling wrap to make the board erasable.

4. (Optional) Wrap the shaped blocks with cling wrap if you would like to avoid having it stained by the marker.


Introduce the shape and check if your child recognizes that shape before moving on.

Draw the pathway the block will be riding on. It can be a solid or dotted line. You might like to have a direct matching line to begin with.

Invite your child to pick up the block and have it travel along the line drawn to the cut-out shape.

Extend the activity with a more complex pathway – cross over lines, zigzag line, curved line – according to the child’s capability.

Have fun with this fun and interesting Montessori at Home Activity!


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