Mix all the shapes and number tiles together in a pile. Ask the child to sort them by color, then place them in the correct spots as quickly as possible.
Say each shape name, pointing to the word printed on the board, until the child can say them independently.
Say a certain number (for example: seven), then ask the child to tell you the matching shape and color ("Seven blue squares!").
Create a sequence with the shapes (for example: circle, triangle, octagon) and ask the child to repeat it. As play progresses, increase the number of pieces in the sequence.
Put all the number tiles in a pile with the spelled-out numbers facing upward. Use shapes to recreate one of the patterns printed on the board (for example: three rows of three purple circles). Ask the child to count the shapes and put the correct number tile (nine) onto the board.
Work on early math concepts by placing a single shape onto a peg and asking the child to add another, guiding him or her through an addition problem (for example: "One square plus one square makes two squares. If we add one more, how many squares do we have in all?").
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