I put the shapes we are learning for the week into a pillow case or bag. I have the children come up one by one. I blind fold the child and have them reach into my bag and pull out shape. They feel the shape with their hands and try to decide what shape it is. This is also a good activity to put in a center where the children could do this in groups.
We play a game called, “Lost My ——-(shape).” Children sit outside the circle and one child runs around the circle while we sing (tune of “Skip to My Lou”), Lost my —– what do I do? Lost my —–. What so I do? Lost my —–. What do I do? Skip to my Lou my darling. When the song ends the child must pick up the correct shape from the floor. The shapes are simple construction paper shapes the teachers has cut out. The kids love it!
This is actually a shape and color game that my kids call Shape Bingo. I created bingo cards with 9 spaces on them and in each spot I put a shape in a different color. I used 9 colors so the colors weren’t repeated on each card, but the shapes were. Then instead of using a dot or dabber for a marker, I cut out big shapes that matched the ones on the card. We then played just like regular bingo; we have cards in a pile that we pick off of to call the shape and color, then we find the match to use to mark the spot. We review colors, shapes and matching in a game the kids (ages 3-6) really love.
Making a game out of shapes would be a fun way for kids to learn. The teacher can make her own shape cards by drawing different shapes on cardboard and then laminating them so it will last longer. This game could be done at circle time or really anytime. Let one child pick a card and try to find that shape around the classroom. After the teacher plays this game a few times with the children, they can later do it own their own. The children can also have their own set of cards and use it when they are going on a family trip in the car. This will take away some of the boredom and keep them busy for a little while:)
The shape train: the teacher or student cuts out 2 circles, 1 triangle, 1 square, 1 rectangle–have the children add the circles to the bottom of the square and the rectangle standing up on top of the square and the triangle pointy end to the square;; all the shapes together make a train, you can use different colors, or all the same.
To help with shape recognition and to encourage gross motor development, this activity should help you to promote each area. The teacher should construct several colored shapes, each shape being the same color. The teacher should explain to the children that each colored shape signifies a specific gross motor activity. For example, orange circle-jump up and down five times; red square-hop on one foot five times. The teacher can decide which gross motor activities he/she wants the children to perform. Once the teacher has explained the activities to the children, he/she can randomly place the colored shapes throughout the classroom. The gross motor activities should be age appropriate.