Today we decided to play with shapes. We started the day playing with shape puzzles. Melissa and Doug make a great one. You can also find templates of different shapes on pinterest and printouts to cut out your own shapes. I made a basic anchor chart to go over the pattern block shapes. We looked at the shapes and counted how many sides each one had. We talked about how polygons are multi-sided closed shapes. These shapes were made up of straight sides only. We listened to a song about polygons on youtube.
Next, we made crowns out of the shapes. I know it is tedious, but I spent an hour cutting out all of the pattern block shapes using templates from pinterest. I figured we would use these shapes in our crafts throughout the summer as an alternative to stickers. This way we could review the shape names every time we used them.
Next we used coloured glue to make patterns on our crowns. Squeezing the glue bottle to make little dots is wonderful to build a child's pincer grip. It also slows them down as they focus. We talked about how a pattern is something that repeats and the smallest part of the pattern is like a stamp that can repeat over and over again. This is called the pattern core.
For beginning writers, you can trace their names in yellow and have them practise writing in over top. Next for the preschoolers we reviewed the shape names as we put them on the crowns. For the older kids I challenged them to make a pattern with the shapes. I also tested them on the shape names. This was a great activity for children 2-7.
As a fun extension to this activity, we made watermelon shapes. I think this was the most popular shape activity of the day!
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.