Make a 100 Shapes Mural

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What You Need:

  • Large piece of poster board or cardboard (try reusing the side of a cardboard packing box)
  • Paper in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns
  • Clear-drying non-toxic glue or glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

What You Do:

  1. Discuss different types of shapes with your child for a good lesson in geometry. Talk about circles, triangles, rectangles, and squares, and what distinguishes each shape from the others. Discuss organic shapes like clouds, flowers, and clovers, too.
  2. Have your child use a pencil (and ruler when needed) to draw the shapes he wants to use onto different pieces of paper, varying the size of each one. Have him number each shape with a pencil as he goes to help him keep track of the count.
  3. Have your child carefully cut out the shapes.
  4. Help your child glue the shapes onto the poster board or cardboard, arranging them and overlapping them artfully as you go.
  5. Set the mural aside to dry completely.
  6. Once dry, have your child count all the shapes in the mural. How many circles does he count? Rectangles? How about red shapes?

Remember, murals can be very large. Try taping a few pieces of poster board together and using large shapes and numbers for a wall-sized work!

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