5 Ways Nature Can Help Your Baby Learn Shapes + 1 Great Offer

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It’s that magical time in any mom’s life–time for your baby to learn shapes!

And while there are so many great ways to teach them to her with toys and games in the house, in the spring it’s fun to take her outside where you can enjoy a little fresh air and sun while you’re at it.

Turns out, nature is a great shapes teacher. So you’ll have no shortage of ways to show baby shapes once you get out into the backyard or the park.

Here are five ways nature can help your baby learn shapes.

1. Draw shapes in the sand or dirt. Next time you’re heading out for a walk to the park or playground (or even just lounging with baby on your own lawn), grab a stick along the way. When you get to a patch of dirt or sand, draw shapes in it with the stick and name each one as you go so your child associates that word with its corresponding shape. Another way to go? Sidewalk chalk, which you can use on your driveway or any other pavement.

2. Make shapes with stones, sticks, shells or anything else you find on the ground. This is a super easy way to teach a fast-moving baby shapes. Just make squares, circles, triangles, rectangles and more with sticks, stones, shells or other little things you pick up off the ground. All-natural, of course. Leave the bottle caps out of it!

3. Use things at the park to teach your baby shapes. It couldn’t get any simpler than this, but it’s a good way to get your child to retain what she’s learned. Hit the park or playground and point to various things outside as you go, naming the shape they are. For example, point to the sun and say “sun … circle” repeatedly so she gets it. Use a pine tree for the triangle, a puddle for the oval, the moon (if you can see it) for the crescent, and so on. Talk about a fun way to teach and learn shapes!

4. Use flowers and fruit to teach your child shapes. Flowers and fruit are “naturals” when it comes to teaching babies shapes. Apples, oranges, blueberries and countless others are circles, bananas are crescents, mangoes and kiwis are ovals, strawberries and watermelon wedges are triangles, etc. Perfect! And because there are often multiple shapes in a single flower, you can get a lot of mileage out of just one. Your little cutie pie will be fascinated!

5. Lie in the grass and look at the clouds together. Clouds are mesmerizing, aren’t they? Your child will be enthralled if you can get him to sit still long enough to gaze at them — and he can learn something in the process. Each time a cloud changes shape, tell him (or ask him, if he’s old enough) what it looks like. It’s a game that really sparks the imagination, and it could go on for hours!

And for those days (or nights) when letting nature be your guide just isn’t possible, you are invited to check out a great product called Tiggly Shapes.

Tiggly Shapes is a set of four elegantly designed shape toys (circle, square, triangle, and star) that interact with a suite of three free learning apps for tablets. Tiggly Shapes is designed to help children ages 2-5  learn about shapes and fundamental geometry concepts, improve their language skills, and develop their motor skills, special thinking and creativity. The Shapes have soft plastic covers and silicon touch points, making them durable enough for toddler play, yet gentle enough that they won’t cause damage to Mom or Dad’s iPad screens.

Best of all, Tiggly has a special offer just for Mom365 members! Click here to save 25% off the sale price of Tiggly Shapes. Happy shopping and shaping!