Shape Up on Your Shapes

Helping your child learn their shapes is an important skill learned in early elementary school.  In kindergarten, children learn about the different shapes including 2D and 3D shapes, they also learn how to draw shapes and put shapes together to form new shapes.  These concepts are then reiterated and expanded upon in first and second grade to incorporate learning more difficult shapes, attributes of the shapes, and dividing the shapes.  Here are different activities that you can do at home to help your child practice learning their shapes.

Shape Up on Your Shapes

Beginner Shape Skills (Day 1)

Learning about shapes as a child should be fun and engaging.  One way to teach your child about shapes is by incorporating it into your everyday activities.  You can discuss the shapes of various signs around the city.  For example, street signs are rectangles, a stop sign is an octagon, and a yield sign is a triangle.  If you are out playing in the yard, you can distinguish how a soccer ball is a sphere, a bicycle tire is a circle, and how the basketball hoop is shaped like a circle.

Another way to practice learning shapes at home is to make shapes together out of play-doh.  The Play-Doh website even has lesson plans to help give you ideas of how you can incorporate math, science, and reading while playing with play-doh.  The lesson on shapes incorporates helping your child to make shapes and then combine the shapes to build everyday objects like a truck.  The Play-Doh Chalkboard Set would be great for practicing shapes and numbers.

Math Curriculum and Math Games by Smart Tutor

Article by Laura VanHellemont

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