Extended Learning - Geometric shape games

Extended Learning – Geometric shape games

A World of Shapes: Fun and Learning Through Play!

Children are naturally drawn to shapes, and for good reason! These building blocks of the world around us offer a treasure trove of opportunities for learning and fun. Let’s explore some ways to turn playtime into a vibrant geometry adventure:

Shape Scavenger Hunt:

  • Transform your home or backyard into a geometric wonderland! Challenge your child to find circles (plates, wheels), squares (windows, picture frames), triangles (slices of pizza!), and rectangles (books, doors). This playful exploration strengthens their ability to identify shapes in everyday objects.

Building Block Bonanza:

  • Break out the classic building blocks! Start simple by guiding your child to construct a square tower. Gradually increase the challenge by asking them to build a taller rectangle or a sturdy triangle. This helps develop spatial reasoning as they visualize and create 3D shapes.

Shape Sorting Extravaganza:

  • Craft a shape sorting box! Decorate an empty tissue box with different shapes and cut corresponding holes in the lid. Fill it with colorful objects – buttons, pom poms, cereal pieces – and guide your child to sort them based on shape. This activity refines their hand-eye coordination and shape recognition skills.

Shape Twister:

  • Grab some sidewalk chalk and head outdoors! Draw large shapes on the pavement (circle, square, triangle). Play a game of “Shape Twister” – call out a shape and have your child jump or hop inside it. This energetic activity reinforces shape identification while getting them moving.

Shape Collage Creations:

  • Unleash the inner artist! Collect colorful magazine clippings, construction paper, or tissue paper. Help your child cut out various shapes and encourage them to create a whimsical collage. This activity allows for creative expression while solidifying shape recognition.

Shape Obstacle Course:

  • Design a shape-themed obstacle course! Use pillows to create tunnels (circles), hula hoops for balance beams (circles), and string a clothesline for them to crawl under (triangle). As your child navigates the course, call out shapes to reinforce identification while promoting physical activity.

Shape Song and Dance Party:

  • Make learning shapes a blast with music! Sing songs that mention shapes (like “If You’re Happy and You Know It”) or invent your own silly shape song. Act out the shapes with your body movements – stomp your feet for a square, reach your arms up high for a triangle. This playful approach keeps them engaged and learning.

By incorporating these playful activities into daily routines, you’ll be nurturing a love for learning and setting them on a strong foundation for future mathematical exploration. Remember, the most important ingredient is to have fun together!