This month, momstown moms across Canada are teaching their children about shapes. Whether they're toddlers learning shapes for the first time or older children counting the sides of a hexagon, you can get creative with activities at home and on the move. Labelling your world in terms of shapes is a great way to start (ie. let's open the door, it's a rectangle, let's eat this apple- what shape is it?).
Here are our favourite ways to engage the kids and have fun with shapes!
1. Create your family out of shapes! Pre-cut or help your toddler cut out shapes from construction paper, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or even magazines!
2. Use snack time to have fun with shapes. Draw large shapes on a piece of construction paper and ask your child to outline them using their favourite cereal or dry pasta or beans. Investing in some fun cookie cutters in triangles, circles and squares can make meal time, learning time too!
3. Kids love to create monsters! Give your child a few pre-cut shapes in different colours and watch what kind of creatures you can make!
4. Create these great flashcards at home and take them to a restaurant to teach your child on the move. Use the shapes to create patterns or to group them.
5. Cut sponges in different shapes and let your child paint with them!
6. Use muffin tins to sort small foam or plastic shapes (be sure your child is over 3 and does not choke).
7. Build shapes with your child as they get older, using these numbered popsicle sticks.
8. Once your child has mastered 2D shapes, try these ideas for 3D shapes; structures and caterpillers.