Today we did a really fun activity we found on pinterest. The first step was to make an outline of a heart on the sidewalk using tape. You can use painter's tape or masking tape. The challenge for the kiddos here was, "Can we make a heart out of all straight lines?" Once you have made the outline have the kids fill in the heart with different lines. This is a great way to look at different shapes.
Polygons are closed shapes with straight sides.
3 sides=triangle 6 sides=hexagon 9 sides=nonagon
4 sides=quadrilateral 7 sides=heptagon 10 sides=decagon
5 sides=pentagon 8 sides=octagon
Next we made the sidewalk paint and added food colouring. This was a great way to remind the kids about the primary colours (red, yellow and blue) and secondary colours (green, violet & orange).
You can have the kids write out the recipe for their recipe book:
I cup corn starch
1 cup water
Finally comes the best part....painting. This entertained the kids independently for half an hour. It was nice having something they had to work on as a team as well.
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.