I do love to use recyclables to make up games like this super fun shapes game! It is frugal and I don’t feel bad if my kids only play with it for a little while, although, with some they play with for a long time like this fine motor play idea.
Also, get your hands on this Ebook-Colors and Shapes for more fun, frugal and hands-on activities to learn about colors and shapes!
For this game I used pill containers/bottles with the flip top and circle cutouts from another project. You can use bottle tops too.
I added shapes(with different colours) to the circles and the pill bottles using Sharpies:
I printed this Blank Die/Dice Template onto sturdy cardboard and add the same marks(shapes and colours) to it together with a +1 and -1.
The shape circles were divided up between the players. My 6 year old played with two 3.5 year olds. Each player had a turn to roll the dice.
The player adds all those shapes to the correct pill bottle. If the dice lands on the 1+, he/she needs to take one out of any bottle. If it lands on the -1, he/she can add any one to a bottle. The player which ends with nothing first, wins!
- Count the shapes you have(counting skills)
- Talk about the shapes and colours(language development)
- Only use two fingers to pick up the circles(fine motor skills)
- Take turns and handle wins and losses(social development)
A super fun shapes game using recyclables indeed!
You might want to see these DIY toys too: