Shapes play an important role in early childhood education. For a young preschooler, learning about shapes can be a great way to ease them into understanding seemingly more complicated concepts, such as the relationship between objects and numbers. But learning about shapes is more than just learning how to draw a square or circle. There are thousands of different shapes around us. If you take a quick glance around the room, you will find at least a dozen shapes in just a few seconds, from geometric circles and rectangles to abstract shapes with curvy lines. This is why it is crucial that preschoolers are introduced to the idea of shape at an early age.
Shape activities are a fun and easy way for little kids to learn about and interact with shapes of different kinds, such as hearts, flowers, clouds, balloons, and so on. Such activities will not only serve as an effective learning experience but also help them develop crucial skills like creativity, planning, visual perception, and fine motor skills, among others.
Here are a few simple yet fun and creative shape activities for preschoolers that they can try at home or in the classroom:
Give your preschooler(s) an assortment of colored paper pre-cut into various shapes. If you don’t want to spend your time painstakingly cutting each shape out, there are online stores for creative cutouts that you can shop from. Ask your child or students to make a collage using the shapes. No matter what they create, appreciate their hard work and creativity.
An alternative to a shape collage is a shape picture. When you provide your preschooler(s) with shape cutouts, you can also ask them to create any picture they wish. You can also choose the picture you want them to create. Keep in mind, however, that it is the process that matters, not the end result.
Using string, glue, and some shape cutouts, you can also get preschoolers to make fun string art that can be hung in the classroom or in their bedroom. This can also be an engaging group project.
Shape scavenger hunt
Create a cheat sheet of shapes using shape cutouts and use it to hunt for those shapes in your surroundings. You can do this activity in the house/classroom or take the kid(s) outdoors if the weather permits. Have them identify naturally occurring shapes and use the sheet to keep a tally.
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