Separate Shapes Actor: Foundations

Infants and toddlers manipulate shapes as individuals but are unable to combine them to compose a larger shape. Toddlers may decompose only by trial and error.


You may see this:

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Other Examples:

  • Infants and toddlers playing with pattern blocks make simple pictures of their own design.
  • Toddlers break apart a hexagon built from two trapezoids to make a new simple picture by random placement.

Help your student become a(n) Separate Shapes Actor: Foundations

These activities provide materials for and encourage play with shapes of all types, at least some of which "fit together well."

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.