Week two was full of teaching shapes and exploring the wonderful world that is made up of so many different shapes and in all different sizes! Teaching shapes seems to be a bit easier than teaching colors because it’s a finite idea. There is no gray area like colors can have different shades and it’s not abstract. The hardest part was picking out which 7 shapes we would choose to spend the most time playing with!
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If you missed week one, we talked about teaching colors, so shapes was the perfect segue since they are clumped together so many times.
Melissa & Doug Shapes Sound Puzzle – This is especially great for the youngest learners. All of the shapes are equilateral so the go in easily. Each time a shape is put in, the puzzle says the name of the shape!
There are tons and tons of other puzzles out there that all deal with shapes too. In fact, you can almost always find a shape puzzle at a thrift store that is missing its pieces. We made a felt, silent puzzle with a puzzle from a thrift store with no pieces.
Ring Stackers (Circle and Cone)
- We have one from Melissa & Doug and another from IKEA. Having both is a fun way to explore which circles fit on which pegs. The IKEA one also was easier to discuss the concept of a cone.
- We use a Rolling Shape Sorter that has smooth edges for easy sliding of shapes into the correct spot
- We also have a Melissa & Doug shape sorter that we got as a gift. The edges are bevelled which actually make it a little more difficult. My daughter had to actually thoughtfully place each shape where it belonged.
Books about teaching shapes
We read several books this week, but mostly nothing in particular. In every book, we pointed out the different shapes that comprised each image. Two great books focusing primarily on shapes are these two wonderful kids books:
Teaching Shapes through Activities & Local Places
From tracing shapes in our stencils to cutting out shapes with creative memories pattern, we practiced making shapes in many different ways.
We folded paper to make 3D versions of each shape. For instance, we had a square, but we also folded paper to make a cube.
My daughter and her friend both played with lace and trace games where each one was a different shape.
Melissa and Doug makes a wonderful shape game that incorporates vehicles, nature, and more objects that are in our everyday lives. This was a great segue into pointing out naturally occurring shapes around us! Find it here: Melissa & Doug Shape Pattern Blocks
We used cookie cutter in busy bags this week! These make great tracing tools!
We also had some shape sorting travel games from about a month ago that we re-used.
Teaching Shapes Schedule/Daily Ideas
Bible verse of the week: Job 10:8 “Your hands shaped me and made me…” As a family we love the idea of being molded and shaped by God for His purpose. In fact, that was the theme of our wedding (Shaped Together In Christ). This is a great opportunity to talk about how God shapes each of us.
Monday: Circle and Sphere
- Apple and dehydrated apple chips, puffs
- Play ball!
Tuesday: Square, Cube, rectangle
- Cheese slices and cheese cubes, crackers
- Wrap a gift for someone
- Design a family flag
- Cut out a sandwich or other snack with a star cookie cutter.
- Go star gazing at night
Friday: Triangle and Cone
- Pizza, Ice cream cone filled with fruits, slices of cheese in a triangle shape, wedges of a sandwich
- Set up a tepee (even in your house!)
- Wear birthday hats all day
- Cut a sandwich into 4’s and make a diamond out of it.
- Build and fly a kite
- Boiled eggs
- Dye some eggs before eating them
- Draw a self portrait on an oval shaped paper like it’s a mirror
- Go walking on a track that’s shaped like an oval
- Throw a football
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Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 5 children living on a farm in New England. She believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience and has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development. She is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!