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Preschool Practice: Shapes and Colors! (page 2)

Preschool Practice: Shapes and Colors!

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Updated on Apr 17, 2014

Shape Up!

Grace Davila Coates, Program Director of Family Math (Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley) and co-author of Family Math for Young Children, recommends using what you have on hand to help your children learn about shapes. “Have children make shapes with their body and see if you can make shapes as a family. Pose questions such as "How can we....?"or "What if we...?" and let them go!" she says. "You don't need to buy expensive things, use cups, bowls and Tupperware.”

These simple shape activities will help your child shape up her shape recognition skills:

  • Shape Sort. Have your child help you clean out your food storage container collection. Ask her to help you match the lids to the appropriate container. Start by putting all the containers and lids into groups by shape and then match up the lids according to size. Discuss the shapes as you match each pair and toss out the mismatched containers. As an added bonus, you get a clean cabinet!
  • Shape Search. Buy your child an inexpensive magnifying glass or make one out of paper. Have her become a shape detective, searching the house for items of a particular shape. She might find rectangle doors, circle rugs or square books.
  • Sensory Shapes. Help your child practice drawing shapes in finger-paint or even pudding. This fun sensory experience will help your child get the feel for drawing the shapes without the “right or wrong” experience of drawing it on paper. If it doesn’t come out quite right, simply smooth it over and try again.
  • Shape Stories. Ask your librarian for a selection of shape books to help your little one see shapes in print. Here are a few favorites to get you off to a good start: Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff  by Dr. Seuss, Baby Einstein: See and Spy Shapes by Julie Aigner-Clark, and Icky Bug Shapes by Jerry Pallotta.

Look at the world through your child’s eyes and you will see it in a whole new light. The colors of the rainbow and simple shapes of everyday objects are meaningful resources for teaching your child about shapes and colors!

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Find out more with our Essential Guide to Preschool Math!

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