Invitation for Your Preschooler to Create Using SHAPES
Earlier this week (yes, I know it is only Tuesday) we posted about Mouse Count. - A fantastic book to practice story retells using book boxes.
Who can resist more Ellen Stoll Walsh? We simply cannot, and my boys could not get enough of "Mouse Shapes".
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.
Setting Up This Game is Simple. - You only need three items!
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Before Inviting Your Preschool to Create Using Shapes:
- Read, "Mouse Shapes" a couple of 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.
- Let your preschooler dive in! - Let your preschooler be in charge of what they create. They may use the book, "Mouse Shapes", and they may not!
Keep in Mind:
The objective of this game is to manipulate shapes, not to copy the photos. Your preschooler is the guide. For my preschooler, he wanted to begin with the images in the book.
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