Practice making shapes, play shape memory, and go on a shape hunt around your house!
Use whatever you have around the house to make shapes. Popsicle sticks and yarn both work! Draw shapes on paper and talk about what you drew. As your child develops fine motor skills for writing, encourage them to trace your shapes or draw their own.
LISTEN TO A SHAPE STORY
Hear all about The Greedy Triangle in this fun book by Marilyn Burns!
SING ABOUT SHAPES
Sing along with Reba to learn even more about shapes!
Use the pieces of yarn in your supply kit to make large shapes on the floor — a square, a triangle, and a circle — similar to the masking tape shapes in this photo.
Now go on a shape hunt in your house with your child and look for toys and other things that are these three shapes.
When you find something, trace the outline of the shape and talk about why it is that shape. “This is a triangle. It has three sides and three points.”
Have your little one sort the objects, one by one, into the 3 shapes. During the activity, stay close and ask questions. “How did you know that yo-yo was a circle?” “Why didn’t you put that book in the triangle?”
By taking shapes off the paper and into the real world, we give our kids the chance to dig deep with shapes and expand their understanding even more.
For more shape hunting, use the scavenger hunt below or in your kit and see how many you can find inside. Take a walk and see how many you can find outside!
MAKE SHAPES WITH ROCKS
Take advantage of the last nice days of fall and go outside to make shapes! Draw shapes with sidewalk chalk.
In addition to a circle, square and triangle, you can draw a house, using a square and a triangle, for example, or a tall building, using a rectangle and triangle. A circle can become the sun. You can also ask your child what they would like you to draw. If your child is able, have them draw the shapes.
With your child, find small rocks in your backyard or on a walk. Ask your child to just place the rocks on the lines, all the way around, one by one. Then talk about the shapes. See if they can spot any of those shapes around them — a triangular roof, rectangular window, or a tire.
Too cold and rainy outside? Draw the shapes on paper and let them cover the lines with cereal or dried pasta!