Make a Willy Wonka shape sorter

Willy Wonka needs help sorting all his sweets! And your little one can help him out in this shape sorter game. It's very easy to make – just follow along below on how to craft this great sensory activity with your child.

TIP! For an added fine-motor challenge, give your little learner a pair of plastic tweezers to pick up the shapes they find.

You will need:

·   Rice (coloured with purple food colouring if desired)

·   Cardboard

·   Tissue paper

·   Jars/pots

·   Sticky tape

·   Plastic children's tweezers (optional)

Download the activity sheet or follow the instructions below:

How to make the shape sorter:

1. If you would like the rice to be colourful, do this first of all so that it has time to dry. The easiest way to colour rice is to place some in a sandwich bag with a few drops of food colouring. Scrunch up the bag until the rice is covered in the food colouring and then lay it out on a baking tray to dry.

Make a Willy Wonka shape sorter

2. In the meantime, you can make the sweets. Cut out a variety of different shapes from the cardboard (you could use the shapes in Roald Dahl's Shapes for inspiration). Cut the pieces of tissue paper so that they are twice the size and then use these to cover the cardboard shapes.

Make a Willy Wonka shape sorter

3. Collect up some old jars or pots and label them with one of the shape sweets.

Make a Willy Wonka shape sorter

4. Mix up and hide the shapes in the rice. Add a pair of plastic tweezers to the game if you like.

Make a Willy Wonka shape sorter

5. Now the fun begins! Ask your little one to search for the shapes in the rice and sort them into the right container.

Make a Willy Wonka shape sorter

Craft activity and images created by Inspire My Play, visit @inspiremyplay for more great crafts for kids.

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