Shape Pictures; A fun Math Breakfast Invitation
Inside: A fun preschool shape activity for Breakfast Invitations
Shapes; One of the most fun ways to watch your preschooler's development unfold.
Working with shapes can simply begin with shape identification, and will soon development into spacial sense and better understanding how shapes fit together in our world.
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Before Inviting Your Preschool to Create Using Shapes:
- Read, "Mouse Shapes" many times.
WHY First Read the Book Multiple Times?
- This will build fluency and repetition.
- Your child will begin to understand the story line, and engage in active listening. Sometimes, we try to throw the entire activity at preschoolers and expect them to understand our objective. - Too much may just cause stress for all.
- Go slow. Enjoy the book FIRST.
Now, you are ready to invite your preschooler to create.
- Set up a piece of kraft paper. (This keeps the game within limited boundaries)
- Lay out the shapes.
- For two-year-olds, begin by tracing the shapes needed for different pictures.
- For four-year-olds, allow them preschooler be in charge of what they create. They may use the book, "Mouse Shapes", and they may not!
Setting Up This Game is Simple. - You only need three items!
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Why Manipulate Shapes Now?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to:
- Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
- Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.
You do not have to master this in Preschool, but this is a FUN way to begin the introduction now.
Keep in Mind:
The objective of this game is to manipulate shapes, not necessarily to copy the photos.
Your preschooler is the guide.
For my preschooler, he wanted to begin with the images in the book. and then began creating shape pictures on his own.
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Extensions for this preschool shape activity:
Give the opportunity to develop spacial sense by:
- designing with pattern blocks
- cutting shapes from artwork
- playing with blocks
- locating shapes outside
- recognizing how many sides
- recognizing how many corners