| SHAPE RUBBINGS
Try one or both of these ideas with your group.
| On cardboard, draw shapes such as circles, squares,
triangles, and rectangles. Squeeze glue from a bottle
over the shape outlines and allow it to dry. Then let
your children place pieces of paper on top of the shapes
and color over them with the sides of crayons to make
rubbings of the glue outlines.
| Cut familiar shapes out of cardboard and attach them
to a tabletop with double-sided tape. Have the children
place their papers on top of the shapes and rub over them
Draw a familiar shape, such as a circle, in the middle
of a piece of butcher paper. Invite your children to look
through magazines and tear or cut out pictures of circular
shaped items. Then have them glue the pictures onto the
butcher paper around the circle in the center. Let the
children make collages for other familiar shapes to display
together on a wall or a bulletin board.
CREATING WITH SHAPES
From several colors of poster board, cut out assorted
sizes of circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles.
Store the shapes in a box or a zipper-top bag. Let your
children take turns arranging the shapes on a tabletop
or on the floor any way they wish to create pictures.
AND MATCH SHAPE GAMES
Cut several familiar shapes out of cardboard to use for
| Sit with your children in a circle and lay out
the shapes in the middle. While the children close
their eyes, trace around one of the shapes on a
piece of paper. When the children open their eyes,
have them guess which shape matches the traced one.
Continue with the remaining shapes.
| Using a marker, trace around each shape on a
large piece of poster board. Let the children try
matching the shapes by placing them on top of the
SHAPE LACING CARDS
Cut familiar shapes out of cardboard and punch holes around
the edges. On each shape, tie one end of a long piece of yarn
through one of the holes. Wrap tape around the other end of
the yarn to form a lacing needle. Set out the shapes and invite
your children to lace the yarn in and out of the holes (activity
AND FIND SHAPES
From one color of construction paper or poster board, cut out
matching pairs of shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles,
rectangles, ovals, diamonds, and hearts. Divide the shapes into
two sets. Hide the shapes from one set in appropriate places
and give the shapes from the other set to your children. Then
let them walk around the room and search for the matchups.
SHAPES, SHAPES, SHAPES
Tune: “Three Blind Mice”
Shapes, shapes, shapes; shapes, shapes, shapes.
We love shapes, we love shapes.
There’re squares and circles for me and you,
Triangles, rectangles, ovals, too,
Hearts and diamonds, to name a few.
Yes, we love shapes.
Hold up the shapes named in the song as you sing.
For snacktime, make sandwiches with a soft filling, such as
peanut butter, cream cheese, or tuna, and cut them into familiar
shapes. Use a round cookie cutter to fashion circles and a knife
to make squares, triangles, and rectangles.