I overheard one of our young ones being very excited when he thought two like items were the same. " look these are the same!" It started me thinking about creating a provocation that would encourage the children to match shapes.
It's simple but the children really seemed to feel a sense of accomplishment when they matched all the shapes. One of my friends called me over to the table saying " Look! I did it, I did it!
Bright colored chalk on black paper and a basketful of shapes. Sometimes it's the simplest things that children enjoy the most. It gave us a great opportunity to talk about size, colors and shapes. We used words like "same" and "different".