I’m still in busy bag mode as I prepare for our upcoming trip. (And in packing mode, which means there are piles of clothes on every surface of my bedroom. But I’ll spare y’all that for now!) I’m really happy with how this color and shape sorting set came out. I can’t wait to see what Jeremiah thinks of it, but I’m saving it for the trip. I want the activities I bring to be fresh and new…so they’ll hopefully hold his attention for a while!
To make this set you will need:
- Felt in 6 colors plus black or white (I used white)
- Fabric scraps in 6 colors (to match the felt) plus black or white (I used black with white dots)
- Heat & Bond or similar iron-on adhesive
- Shape stencils or my printable templates found here
Trace 2 of each of your shape templates onto the paper side of Heat & Bond. (I made card stock shapes, then traced them for the templates I uploaded here. If you’re using the printed templates, just place the sheets under the Heat & Bond and it should show through well enough to trace it.)
Cut the shapes out, leaving about a 1/4″ border outside the tracing lines.
For each shape, choose a colored scrap AND a neutral fabric such as black or white. I chose to make a neutral side (black or white) so that when my child is sorting shapes, the shape he is sorting onto doesn’t have a particular color on it to confuse him. I hope that makes sense.
Anyway, for each shape iron one of your traced pieces onto one of your 6 colors, and the other onto your black or white fabric, on the WRONG side of the fabric.
Cut out your shapes. I like to use pinking shears, but you could cut straight lines as well.
Peel the paper backing off your shapes. Take one piece and iron it onto your black or white felt.
Trim the felt 1/8″ to 1/4″ away from the fabric edges.
Flip the felt shape over, and iron the 2nd piece of the same shape to the other side. Repeat those steps with your other 5 shapes, making each shape a different color. (My white felt “background” and black fabric are the same for all 6 shapes.)
Now we’ll move on to the small shapes to sort. Trace 6 of each small shape onto the paper side of Heat & Bond.
Once you have all 6 shapes traced, cut them out as before, with about a 1/4″ border left around the edges. Take one of each shape, and iron onto the WRONG side of one of your 6 colors.
Cut out each of the shapes.
Peel off the backing paper from each shape, and iron them onto the felt that matches the fabric color.
Then cut out each shape, leaving a small border of felt outside the fabric. Repeat these steps with your other 5 fabric/felt colors, using one of each shape for each color.
Here are my 6 finished big shapes/colors:
Using the colored side of the big shapes, your child can sort the small shapes by color:
Or, flip the shapes over to the black and white side, and your child can sort the smaller pieces by shape:
I love how this activity is so bright and colorful, sturdy, and relatively quick and easy to make. It’s also great for using up scraps from other projects. It makes me happy just to look at it. I’m sure Jeremiah will have fun with it, too!
If you have any questions, or just want to tell me what you think, please leave me a comment!