Young children learn through play. When young children are actively involved in their own learning and having fun at it, they learn better. You can support their learning by engaging them playfully in everyday activities. The activities on our site are based on everyday experiences, use materials commonly found in the home, and most importantly designed to encourage children’s healthy development in all areas (physical, social emotional, language and literacy, and cognitive).


Shape sorting toys are great for encouraging a growth mindset when you encourage your toddler to work through her problems, focusing on her effort. Make your own shape sorting toy with simple materials found at home.

What You Need:

  • Container with a lid

  • Pencil

  • Scissors or craft knife (for adult use only)

  • Assorted block shapes

  • *Optional: Paper and tape

What To Do:

  1. Place the blocks on the lid of the container.

  2. Draw an outline around each of the blocks.

  3. Cut out the shapes that you drew using scissors or craft knife.

  4. Test the shapes to see if the blocks fit through the holes.

  5. *Optional: Cover the container with plain paper and tape it in place (bright words and patterns can be distracting).

  6. Have your child try to push the blocks through the matching holes and encourage her effort.