Prior to the Christmas break, Logan and I went over an introduction to shapes. With brainstorming, Pinterest and Preschool workbooks, I put together a lesson plan to explain what shapes are, what they look like, and where to commonly find them. Here are some of the activities and crafts we did:
* He drove his Hot Wheels around on laminated shape roads that I printed out from this source.
* We made shape dinosaurs and monsters. I cut up a bunch of shapes, gave him glue and eyeballs to make the silly pictures. I’d name the shape after he glued a piece down, and we counted all of the sides together.
* I made up a game called, “Shapes Bowling,” where I put tape in various shapes on our kitchen floor, then set bowling pins in them. Logan would roll the ball and whatever pins fell, we’d name the shapes out loud. It was simple and silly.
* I laminated a worksheet with shapes to trace. But instead of using a marker we used Playdoh to outline the triangle, circle and square.
* Logan loves playing in a bucket of water. I found some foam shapes from the craft store, added in some fish and a boat and hid him scoop the shapes up.
* We used popsicle sticks to outline felt shapes, then glued them together.
* We played a memory game using shape cards I found at Target.
* I cut sponges into triangles, hearts, squares and circles and used them to paint a large piece of packing paper that we had handy.
I’ve realized that even if Logan doesn’t fully go along with the “rules,” the overall goal is met; he’s excited to try new activities, he’s enjoying learning and exploring his world, and most importantly, he’s very happy.
I’ll be taking a break with the lesson plans until after we settle into our new house (moving in less than a month). Then we’ll be starting with a letter a week!
Post by: Sabrina F. Keefe