Why Are Manipulating Shapes Important?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
Children will also be asked to compose simple shapes to form larger shapes.
Here are some ways to manipulate shapes and which discussions to have:
- Share with your preschooler the names of the shapes.
- Allow your preschooler to manipulate the shapes by their own free choice. This is called open-ended play. Open-ended play does not have a beginning or an end. Your preschooler simply manipulates objects to his or her desire.
- Create artwork with the shapes. If you have a surplus, allow your preschooler to place the shapes on paper to create a picture. Here we talked about how his picture reminded us of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
- Demonstrate how one shape can be combined with other shapes to make a new, larger shape. - This is very important for future development.
- As your preschooler places shapes to create an image, ask "Does this look right?". This will encourage self-correction.
Do you have these shapes at home? I love hearing from you and how you too use them.