Share how your children learn about shapes to win one of three Triangle-themed bundles including gorgeous new picture book, ZigZag Travel Grobag plus a limited edition print

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SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 22-Mar-17 09:44:06

Shapes make up the world around us and are an important part of early childhood development. To celebrate the publication of Triangle, a slyly funny picture book about some very sneaky shapes, we've got a trio of Triangle-themed goodies up for grabs.

Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks...

Triangle is the first tale in an exciting new shape trilogy by the award-winning team consisting of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (creator of This Is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back). This mischievous, shifty-eyed story will delight your little ones whilst approaching the traditional concept of shapes from a whole new angle.

Walker Books have teamed up with The Gro Company to offer Mumsnetters the chance to win one of three gorgeous Triangle-themed prizes. Grobag is the No. 1 baby sleep bag for keeping little ones safe and comfortable throughout the night and their funky, triangle-print ZigZag Travel Grobag is perfect for taking safer sleep on the road.

For a chance to win one of 3 copies of Triangle plus a ZigZag Travel Grobag and a limited edition print, just tell us - how do your DC learn about different shapes?

This discussion is sponsored by Walker Books and ends Wednesday 19 April

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peaceloveandbiscuits Wed 22-Mar-17 17:35:13

We've been teaching our 2yo about shapes this week. We've used a combination of picture books, shape sorters and drawing. He loves drawing "round and round" circles. He has loved spotting colours in the street when we go for a walk, so I'm hoping to find some good shapes outside too.

We bloody love Jon Klassen in our house, what a fab prize!

JellyTeapot Wed 22-Mar-17 18:55:34

We started with a shape sorter and books, then started shape spotting around us. Sarah and Duck's octagon club also encouraged DS1 - he could reliably identify octagons before most other shapes!

Cubik Wed 22-Mar-17 19:53:12

We have a number of books with shapes and colours in, and a variety of shape sorting toys.

Children's cartoons like Little Einsteins also help.

OhHolyFuck Wed 22-Mar-17 20:12:06

Shape spotting on the way to school and back picking up older ds (square paving slab, circle speed sign etc)
Only way to get him to walk for a while!

Marsis Wed 22-Mar-17 20:15:05

Books a lift the flap one in particular. Mr Maker 😳

babybrainismyexcuseforlife Wed 22-Mar-17 20:45:16

I use wooden blocks with my ds as they are colourful so I can teach colours too 😁
That and shape sorters!

gaaahhhh Wed 22-Mar-17 21:45:59

We organise all the shaped toys. The square toys in one pile, the circular toys in another, triangle toys in another pile etc, etc.

If we are feeling really adventurous, we colour code them too! grin

Ashhead24 Thu 23-Mar-17 06:47:06

Hadn't even thought about shapes yet! Been concentrating on colours and numbers and letters. Will try to include shape too now.

foxessocks Thu 23-Mar-17 07:10:04

Shape sorters are a great starting place and when we do drawing we draw simple shapes together.

asuwere Thu 23-Mar-17 12:59:54

We've used books, although we just use everything as an excuse to learn when they're little - toys, food, pictures, signs etc, I'm always saying what colour and shape things are (in fact I've done it while out with my sister and no children, it amused her no end!)

RockingDuck Thu 23-Mar-17 13:10:47

circles come first with car wheels and steering wheels, then other shapes as and when we see them in books or RL; stars and kites are easy, also try and get some 3d shapes in there... sphere = football and ice cream cones are the most obvious.

Firewall Thu 23-Mar-17 13:49:32

We use things around us, windows shapes, doors to Toblerone packages. We also have lots of building shape blocks the kids play with

DaisyDando Thu 23-Mar-17 14:40:58

We have been on a shape hunt where we look for shapes in our surroundings. This can be in nature or even up the high street. Can also hide shapes in the garden or a freely bag.

MrsBellefleur Thu 23-Mar-17 15:51:04

We used shape sorters when younger and books to identify different shapes. When learning to count we included shapes in this, how many sides does a triangle have, if it has 4 sides the same what shape is it etc.

ButterflyOfFreedom Thu 23-Mar-17 17:47:13

We use books mainly - we've got a good one which is purely about shapes and has them of all different sizes & colours.
We also look for shapes around the house, when we go for walks, at playgroup etc.
We also have a wooden shape puzzle but I think DD has just memorised where the pieces go as opposed to actually learning the shapes properly!

WowOoo Thu 23-Mar-17 18:05:54

We got a little sticker book that ds loved and used to then name all the shapes that he'd seen in the book.
Also watched Mr. Maker - there was a great shape bit in that programme.

CheeseEMouse Thu 23-Mar-17 21:18:19

Just being descriptive in the words we use to describe things - so (for example) cheerios are circles in our household!

CheeseEMouse Thu 23-Mar-17 21:19:33

What I mean is that we call them circles. smile

Thistly Thu 23-Mar-17 21:32:52

My daughter is learning about how to find the area of different shapes in school at the moment. I help her by asking her questions about how much m2 of carpet we would need if we decide to have blue and green carpet cut diagonally across the middle of the room for example.

Thirdload Fri 24-Mar-17 05:57:20

I didn't really consider shapes, DC1 learnt the names of them all at nursery! We do have shape sorter toys, so I'm sure they learnt something from that grin

Enjoythelittlethings Sat 25-Mar-17 07:09:04

We used peg puzzles and play doh!

Singingforsanity Sat 25-Mar-17 20:45:51

Shape sorter and dropping the names of shapes into general conversations! He likes it when he learns something new so loves being asked about things like that to reinforce what he's learning too.

sashet21 Sat 25-Mar-17 20:58:33

wooden puzzles, shape sorters and my son currently loves his first 100 words book

Clawdy Sun 26-Mar-17 14:16:45

I always find the best way to learn about shapes is to point out the shapes of everyday objects as you go through the day - it's amazing how many times a small child will triumphantly spot triangles and squares in the oddest places! You don't need a shape toy.

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