Using M&Ms to make shapes (2 - 3 year olds)

M&Ms are very colourful and attractive, readily available and great for learning shapes!


Home Learning

You will need

  • a pack of M&Ms
  • a piece of paper
  • a pen

What to do

If your child can draw a shape, please let them do it. If not, you can help to draw a shape on the paper. Once one or more shapes are drawn, ask your child to use M&Ms to trace the shape. To extend the learning, ask your child how many M&Ms to make a shape? Or can they make a pattern while they trace the shape with M&Ms?

Learning outcomes

  • Counting 1 - 10
  • Know the shapes
  • Able to trace shapes

Key words

  • Shape
  • Circle
  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Triangle
  • Count
  • Numbers (1 - 10)

Ask your child

  • What do you call this shape?
  • How many M&Ms to make the shape?
  • Can you count the M&Ms?