Help your child master shape recognition by creating some funky topiary trees. Topiaries traditionally are living trees which are shaped by pruning. These trees are made from construction paper and allow your little one to practice recognizing and cutting out shapes in small, medium and large sizes.
What You Need:
- Construction paper (Green, white, brown)
- Glue stick
What You Do:
- Ask your child to name all of the shapes she knows.
- Have her pick a few of them. We decided to use a circle, a square, and a triangle.
- Using the green sheet of construction paper, help her draw each of these shapes she picked out.
- Ask her if she can draw a small, medium and large version of each of her shapes. If she needs help or isn't familiar with a shape, draw it for her and have her to trace your lines.
- Encourage her to cut out all of the shapes.
- Have her draw and cut out a small rectangle for the tree trunk for each shaped tree she's making.
- Starting one tree at a time on the left side of the paper, have her glue the trunk of the tree at the bottom of the page, then glue the largest shape at the bottom, medium shape in the middle and small shape at the top to create a tree.
- Have her continue this process until each of her topiary trees is glued into place.