The momstown Hamilton little scientists were discovering shapes this week. They had three stations set up for the preschoolers to rotate through and explore some fun shapes.
First Station: Making shapes using a geoboard and elastics.
Prepare sheets of paper with various shapes shown on a geoboard template for the kids to attempt first to get used to the idea and then encourage them to experiment with the elastics to make the shape bigger, smaller, or make a completely new shape by manipulating the elastic band. You can also count how many sides the shapes had and discuss how some may look different but are still the same shape.
Some kids chose to do one shape at a time, others wanted to get as many different shapes on as they could at the same time. The kids were even putting the moms to the test by asking us to name their experimental shape.
Second Station: Exploring shapes with playdough.
Always a preschool favourite! Print off pages with shape outlines on them and ask kids to help you outline the shapes with playdough.
This is another great activity for fine motor and manipulation. The playdough allows kids to roll out "snakes" and combine them to make shapes. The lengths can be then stretched out to change the dimensions and pinched together where they meet at a corner.
Third Station: Using an activity booklet to document shapes.
This Shape Monster book can be found at hubbardscupboard.org. The catchy rhyme was a hit with the kids with lines such as "Shape monster, shape monster, Munch, munch, munch. How about a red triangle for your lunch".
For more ideas on exploring shapes with your child, look here.