Shape Walks: Seeing Shapes in Our World
Grade Level: Preschool-Kindergarten
Type: Physical Science
For young children to observe, record, and create collections of shapes in their world and increase their powers of observation.
What shapes do you see in the world around you? Look carefully – they are hidden everywhere! (This makes a nice “sight” component for a larger project on the five senses. See also the Color Walks science fair project.)
- Nice days for walks
- Simple, inexpensive digital camera (one that young children can use)
- Computer printer (or a print shop)
- Poster board or 8.5x11 card stock and string or stapler
- Choose a “shape of the day.”
- Go for a walk in your neighborhood looking for that shape.
- Whenever you find an example of the shape, take a photograph of it.
- Later, print out photos of your best examples.
- Using the photographs, posterboard, and glue, make a poster for that shape. (You may want to label the poster with a drawing of and the word for that shape.)
- Alternatively, use the card stock to create a book (instead of a poster) of your shape.
- Repeat as often as you like for as many shapes as you like. When you get a nice collection of these posters or books side by side, they become quite striking!
Terms/Concepts: five senses, sense of sight, shape, circle, square, triangle, etc.
For more practice, play the Shape Twister Game!
Warning is hereby given that not all Project Ideas are appropriate for all individuals or in all circumstances. Implementation of any Science Project Idea should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or other supervision. Reading and following the safety precautions of all materials used in a project is the sole responsibility of each individual. For further information, consult your state’s handbook of Science Safety.