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Colors and Shapes Lesson Plan

Posted by Susan Armstrong on February 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Colors & Shapes Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is age appropriate for toddlers and younger preschool children.

This lesson plan helps children with:

  •      Fine motor skills
  •      Social skills development
  •      Helps recognition of colors and shapes
  •      Helps with naming colors and shapes

Materials Needed:

1.    “Mouse Shapes” book by Ellen Stoll Walsh

2.    Homemade edible Play dough (recipe below)

3.    Cookie cutters (shapes, ie. squares, rectangles, circles, etc.)


Have edible play dough already prepared and ready to play with. Gather toddlers in story time and read “Mouse Shapes”. Talk about the shapes, the colors and the story line with the children. Make a point to emphasize the names and characteristics of the shapes and color  that you are trying to teach. Once finished reading the story, have the children go to the tables for some play dough fun. Assist toddlers with cutting different shapes out of the play dough.


Although the play dough is edible, please do not encourage children to eat it. Toddlers often put it in their mouth, so it is for safety reasons only.

Have fun!!

Extend your colors and shapes conversations to other centers through the day.



Home Made Play Dough Recipe


1 cup flour                              2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup salt                            1 tbsp cooking oil

1 cup water                            1 package Kool-Aid mix (color/flavor of your choice)


Mix dry ingredients together in a large sauce pan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heat proof bread board or counter top and knead until cool. The dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix you choose. You can store in tightly covered container for up to six months.






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Reply Michelle
11:34 PM on March 28, 2011 
Love this! I would love if you would link this up to my Made by Little Hands Monday linky party!
Have a great day!
Reply Becca
9:43 PM on March 27, 2011 
Fun! Gotta love books and shapes! :)


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