 Have a shape day. Choose a day each week to learn about a new shape. Display items that are this shape throughout the classroom.
 Take a shape walk through the school and neighbourhood. Find as many shapes as you can. When you get back to class draw them on a simple chart. Write the name of each shape underneath it.
 Eat shaped snacks. For circles think orange slices, banana slices, crackers. For squares think cheese, crackers, toast. For triangles how about pizza, crackers, cheese, wedges of apples, oranges, etc.
 Play with toothpick puzzles. Can you make a shape with toothpicks? Can you copy this shape with toothpicks?
 Puzzling Shapes :Create a puzzle of shapes out of cardboard with a cutting tool. Have your child put the pieces back together.
 Trace Some Shapes: Draw some shapes on paper with a pencil. Invite your child to trace over them with a colorful marker.
 FollowTheLeader Shape Copier: Play followtheleader by drawing shapes and have your child copy it. Then allow your child to lead by drawing a shape that you copy. Use a white board or chalkboard.
 Drawing Shape Pictures: Make some shape cards out of index cards. Put them in a box and take turns choosing a shape from the box. Draw or trace the shape you selected onto a piece of paper.
 For an advanced version, pick two or three cards and make a picture using those shapes. For example, the cards picked are a square, a triangle and a circle. A square house with a triangle roof can be made  and a circular sun can be put up in the sky. Have fun trying new things.
 Use pipe cleaners to make different shapes.
 Use yarn to make shapes and glue them onto paper.
 Make shapes out of play dough.
 Make pictures using different shapes.
 Put different shape blocks in a bag and have the student reach in and grab one. Without looking can they guess what the shapes is?
 Make a circle collage. Now how about a square or triangle collage.
 Draw shapes on the pavement with sidewalk chalk.
 Cut shapes out of sponges and let the kids make sponge art pictures.
 Cut
sponges into different shapes. Place tempera paint in pie tins. You may want to
clip string type clothes pins onto the sponge shapes. Give children a sheet of
construction paper for them to make prints onto.
 Cut
shapes from construction paper or oaktag. Have a variety of materials of
various textures (sandpaper, corduroy, styrofoam, velvet, yarn, cotton balls,
felt)
 Have
the children glue a variety of textures onto the construction paper shapes to
create Feely Shapes. If you use large shapes from construction paper hang low
on the walls for the children to explore on their own.
 When learning shapes begin with the circle. Cut circles out of construction
paper. Give each child a shape. Take a walk around your room. When you find an
item in the room that is a circle, tape the construction paper one on it. How
many circles can you find? Repeat at another time with different shapes.
 Place a shape from each pair on a
table. Give each child a paper cut in a shape. Have the child go to the table
and find its mate. Children then can draw on their shape papers.
 Give each child a cutout of a circle, a
square, and a triangle. Show examples of how a circle can become a wheel or how
a triangle can become a tree. Ask children to use their imaginations and create
pictures by combining a variety of shapes.
 Provide the children with squares,
rectangles and triangles cut from such materials as construction paper, and
wallpaper. Let the children use scissors to cut off all the corners. Have them
glue their shapes and corners on sheets of construction paper.
 Shape Mobiles: Cut yarn into strings.
Knot one end of each piece of string and tape the other to make a needle.
Children can punch holes in the shapes and string them for hanging. Children
may wish to use the cardboard cutouts to trace more shapes.
Ricky Rectangle
Ricky Rectangle is my name.
My four sides are not the same.
2 are short and 2 are long.
Count my sides, come right along.
1, 2, 3, 4.
 Place paint in a shallow container.
Have children dip the sponges into the paint and press onto their construction paper to create a rectangle shapes mural.
 Cut rectangles from many different
types of paper; construction, gift wrap... Give each child a sheet of construction
paper. Place the precut rectangles on the table with glue. The children pick
out and glue onto thier paper the rectangles to create a rectangle collage.
Sammy Square
Sammy Square is my name.
My four sides are just the same.
Turn me around, I don't care.
I'm always the same.
I'm Sammy Square.
Friendly Shapes Two
Make a circle, make a circle, (draw in
the air)
Draw it in the sky
Use your finger, use your finger,
Make it round as a pie
Draw a square, draw a square,
Make the lines so straight.
Make a square, make a square,
Draw a box in the air.
 Negative Art: Cut a square out of the center of the construction paper,
mounted it a different piece of construction paper and they colored in the
square.
 Collections: For my triangle I cut a larger triangle out of butcher paper
and then drew things that were triangles in the hole.
 Lacing: Cut out a
square, punch holes along the side, take some yarn enough to thread thru your
square, put tape at both ends of the yarn and thread thru holes on the square.
You can do this with all the shapes.
 Nesting: Give
the children a large square sheet of paper, a smaller one, and smaller one, a
smaller one, and smaller one and so on. Have the children glue them on top of
each other by size. (hope that makes sense).
 Collage:
Cut a bunch of square from construction paper (or even better. . . let the
kids), have them glue the squares onto a square sheet of paper and make a
square collage.
 Shape Pictures:
Give them a bunch of different sized squares and have them make a picture
of anything they want with them.
 Shape Painting:
Give them a large sheet of square shaped paper and let them choose their
favorite color paint. Encourage them to paint the whole square. While still
wet, sprinkle with glitter.
 Stencils:
Make square stencils (use tagboard)
 Picture Frames:
Make square picture frames using popsicle sticks
 Shape Placemats:
Have the children cut out the different shape you are using like you said
you were using circles and ovals. (or you cut them out) Have the children glue
the circles on to one side of construction paper and ovals on the other side,
then laminate. Then when you eat ask the children to find the ....... shape to
eat on. Remember you can use clear contact paper instead of laminating. And if
you need it to be stronger use light cardboard.
 Art Shapes:
Cut out different shapes like your circle out of tissue paper and brush
glue onto wax paper and glue the shapes to it.
 Shape Collage:
Materials: Construction Paper and magazines Draw large shapes on
construction paper. Have the children fill in the shapes using pictures cut
from magazines. Fill a circle with circular shapes etc.
 Rolling Designs:
Give the children pieces of yarn or
string to dip into bowls of glue. Have them wrap the gluecovered yarn around
short cardboard tubes any way they wish. Allow the glue to dry. Make paint pads
by placing folded paper towels in shallow containers and pouring on small
amounts of tempera paint. Let the children roll their tubes across the paint
pads, then all over pieces of construction paper.
 Gumball Circles:
For each child, cut a gumball
machine shape out of oaktag along with a number of small paper circles to use
as gum balls. Have the children color their gum ball machine shapes with
crayons. Let them choose the circles they want for the gum balls and glue them
on their shapes. Hint: If you are working on a particular color make all the
circles that color. Or use stickers.
 White on Black Bold: Put soap flake and paint in squeeze bottle.
Squeeze out interesting white lines of different shapes on black paper. Arrange
them in a bold pattern.
 Glue Dots: Use food coloring to tint two or three small
containers of glue. Provide toothpicks for each color of glue. Children use
toothpicks to dot glue on art paper in a freeform pattern, varying the colors
they use.
 Fruit Loop Necklace  (circles): Give each
child a long piece of yarn with tape on one end. Let them string fruit loops
onto the yarn. Ask them to also name the colors as they string. When done tie
the two ends together and let them wear. Just make sure to take off before nap
time.
 Paper Chains  (rectangle and
circles): Give each child several paper strips (rectangles) to decorate.
When done tape the ends together to form a "circle". It's fun to add
everyone’s together and see how long you can make it.
 Kites (diamond, rectangle) : Give each
child a "diamond" shape. Let them glue on tissue paper or scraps of
paper, add a long "rectangle" tail to the end. Hang in classroom.
 Delightful Kites (trapazoid): Materials:
9 in. X 12 in. Art Paper, scraps of art paper in assorted colours, scissors and
paste, pencil and eraser, ruler, crepe paper strips Procedure: Fold and cut out
kite shape. Use various colours of paper scraps to create spring kite designs.
(flowers, butterflies, birds) Use crepe paper for tails.
 Twinkle Star (star): Give each
child a star cut from paper. Let them paint it yellow. Before it dries,
sprinkle glitter on the star.
 Traffic Light (rectangle, circles):
Give each child a black rectangle, make it rather large. Let
child glue on a red circle, under that a yellow circle, under that a green
circle. Discuss the colors and what they mean as you give them to the child.
Add a smaller black rectangle to the bottom, will look like a pole.
 Triangle Art (triangle): Give each
child a large triangle shape. Now give them lots of smaller triangles and let
them glue them onto the large triangle.
 Build a House (square, rectangle,
triangle): Give each child a large square (this is the house) and let them
glue it onto a piece of white or blue paper. Now give them a triangle, this is
the roof of the house. Now glue on two squares as windows. Glue a rectangle on
as the door. A small circle as the door knob. Children can now decorate the
background to add a sun (circle).
 Shape Book (all shapes ): Give each
child a piece of paper with the name of a shape written on the bottom. Now give
the child several shapes and let them glue the right one onto the right paper.
When done and all the shapes are glued on the right pages, give them another
paper but on it write "My Shape Book". They can decorate this cover
if they want. Now staple all the pages and cover together. Kids can take this
home and read their Shape Book to their parents. I also do this with Colors.
 Shape People: Make a
circle out of red construction paper (I combine colors with shapes here), make
white ovals for eyes with black circles inside, make short rectangles for arms
and long rectangles for legs, hearts for hands and triangles for feet, all in
different colors. I do the same with triangles, squares and rectangles. I cut
all the shapes out but I let the children glue them together. Gluing is another
teaching experience. We hang them in the room for the rest of the week and they
take them home the following week.
 Clown Face: Cut out a
large circle for each child. Cut out several small circles, triangles,
rectangles and diamonds from various colours of construction paper. Let the
children paste them to the white paper to make a clown face.
 Point a Path: Purpose:
To provide meaningful experience with geometric shapes. Provide a muffin tin
containing several colors of mixed finger paints for each table or small group
of 46 children. Supply a large piece of paper for each child. Direct children
to make various geometric shapes by dipping one finger in the paint and making
a "fingerprint path" to show that shape. Examples: " Make a
fingerprint path that shows a blue circle." " Make a fingerprint path
shows a triangle."
 Shapes Caterpillar: Cut out a
head for the caterpillar. Cut out shapes for children to add as the segments to
the body.
 Spray Painting: Cut out
shapes after you draw them onto paper. Then place them on white paper and spray
tempura paint over them. Kids get to see shapes on paper and the ones they
cutout.
 Shapes Box: Cut out
shapes, put in box. Let children choose shapes to create their own creation to
glue on paper.
 Rectangle Robots: Precut
several rectangle shapes: larger rectangle for body, smaller for head. For
arms, legs, hands and feet cut paper strips with my paper cutter, in various
sizes. Try wrapping paper or paper with other textures too. The kids put their
rectangles on their paper first, then when they are pleased with their
arrangement they paste them on the paper. Add facial features with crayon or
marker and "antennas" with coiled pipe cleaners.
 Carbon Drawing: Attach a
sheet of paper that had shapes on it to a blank sheet of paper with a sheet of
carbon in between. The children traced the shapes and were amazed to see it
appear on the bottom sheet  though they couldn't work out why it was blue and
not the color of the pencil they were using!
Shape Art: Use a
shape as the beginning of a picture:
a circle can be turned into a face
a square can be turned into a house
a triangle can be turned into a teepee
a rectangle can be turned into a high rise
an oval can be turned into a balloon
a diamond can be turned into a kite
a heart can be part of the body
 Shape Hopping: Tape a
bunch of squares to the floor and have a hopping game or play musical squares.
 Shapes on Chairs: Tape the
different shapes you are learning to the back of your chairs. Then when you use
the chairs ask a child to sit on a circle shape and so on.
 Circle Time: During
circle time you could put shapes on the floor where you want the children to
sit, or you could go to your carpet store and ask for samples of carpet and
tape or paint the shapes on their. Then ask one child at a time to find the ...... shape.
 Shape Table: Have a
special table and whenever the kids find something square they can put it
there!
 Big Book of Shapes: Take
construction paper and cut them like all the shapes then we cut 3 smaller ones
of each shape and laminated them. Take the large shapes and punched holes and
put them in a book style just how they are, then using small pieces of velcro
and put the smaller shapes on the bigger shapes. This makes a great matching
game.
 Sensory Shapes: Cut
different shapes out of different feeling things (sandpaper, wallpaper, carpet,
different textures of fabric, etc.) then glue them to a big piece of cardboard,
and ask the children to feel the different shapes.
 Game with Shapes: We cut big
shapes out of construction paper (this is great for colors too) hide them
around the room. You could either ask the children to find a circle shape or
blue color only, or when they find a shape they need to tell you what it is.
 Shape Sorting Game:
Get a some small boxes, bags or whatever and have shapes or whatever your
teaching on cards and put the same shapes on boxes like put circle on one box
and oval on another box, put the cards in one of the boxes(kleenex boxes work
great). The children need to pull one shape out of the box, tell you what it is
and put the card in the box it matches.
 Apple Sailboat Snack: The children make apple sailboats from an apple slice, a
triangular piece of cheese, and a toothpick. Eat for snack.
 Shape Snack: Cut sandwiches into triangles, use square crackers or
graham cracker squares with peanut butter, round crackers with cheese and
rectangular wafer cookies. Encourage the children to tell us what shape they
are eating and we also brainstorm other shaped foods (pizza, cake,
cucumber/carrot slices, etc.
Smarties Math Ideas
 Make each colour into different geometric shapes.
 Make as many shapes as possible.
 How many smarties to cover different shapes drawn on graph paper?
 Use the box to discuss edges, faces, vertices, sides, corners.
 If given 6 smarties, can you make a shape?
 How many different shapes can you find on the smarties box?
 Make different sizes of circles with smarties. Use string to measure the circumference. Compare radius, diameter, and circumference.

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