This math game is a perennial favourite with small children, and takes only about 10 minutes to prepare.
Make a grid with shapes on it. To save you time, I’ve made a free printable shapes grid that you can download and print.
Print two copies, one on cardstock (your “game board”) and one on regular paper..
Cut the shapes out of your paper copy. You can then either use the cut out pieces as-is, or them as a template with paint chips or felt for a more durable game. If you want to use it as a game for the car, add velcro dots on the front of the grid and the back of your shape pieces.
Invite your child to match the cut out shapes to the grid!
Easy, fast, and great for learning. To add a challenge for older children, ask them to identify the shapes as they match them up, and print the shapes in a completely different colour or in black and white to make it harder to match.
To avoid losing the pieces and having to cut out fiddly bits again, store the whole thing in a Ziploc bag.I keep a stash of games like this in my car in the glove compartment for traffic jams.