Learning Shapes With Stencils

Use some recycled cardboard scraps and trace simple shapes to cut out.  I suggest using an x-acto knife up and out of reach of your little one.  The nice thing about creating a stencil from corrugated cardboard is that it’s thick enough for your toddler to push against with his or her marker or crayon, without tearing easily.  Encourage your child to hold stencil with one hand while following the edge with drawing tool in the other hand.  Your toddler’s desire for repetition is just what you want here!!

Happy Valentine’s Day by the way!


5 Comments on “Learning Shapes With Stencils”

  1. Jane says:

    Nice job, E !!!
    and to you, too

  2. auntie baPs says:

    i LOVE this, what a beautiful simple idea. and what a sense of creation for a child, to follow the lines and come up with a similar shape. also, not easy, actually, right? tracing requires fine motor control, and the practice thereof is a beautiful thing, opening so many doors down the road. i love how once the outline is done, the creation inside and out is all up to the little imaginer. xoxoxo

  3. Annamarie Behring says:

    Very nice!! Perhaps you know this…I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my own stencils for use in a acrylic painting. I went on stencil website and was overwhelmed by the choices and thought I could just make my own. Any thoughts? Hugs, Annamarie

    • Thanks everybody for visiting this morning! And Annamarie, I’m inexperienced trying stencils with paint. I definitely think making them yourself for purpose of experimenting makes the most sense. Perhaps some kind of a plastic material that wouldn’t be compromised by wet paint? Please keep us posted!!!

      • Annamarie Behring says:

        Ok, cool, I’m going to give it a whirl and see what happens 🙂
        Have a great day!

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