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Teaching your child shapes.x

Hello readers ,

Shapes are all around us in everyday life. Teaching children shapes will introduce similarities and differences between two concrete objects. You can ask your child whether a circle is the same or different to a triangle and you can talk about why they are different with your child. Here children are starting to categorise objects. Letter recognition is introduced with the teaching of shapes as O is similar to what a circle is. Shapes are an important part of our lives and being able to recognise them helps with problem solving too.

Here are my top activities on teaching shapes:

1. Shape sorters , as your child attempts to fit the shape in the correct slot say to them , for example if the shapes a square , look a square , encourage your child to repeat you holding the shape up.

2. Making imprints,  using wooden blocks , use paint and dip the shapes into the paint and get your child to dab them on the paper after each shape they do point to them and say what shape is what,  again encouraging your child to repeat you.

3. Pipe cleaner play , using pipe cleaners sit with your child and demonstarate bending the pipe cleaners into different shapes , vocally identifying what shapes have been made.

4. Drawing in flour , whether you use objects or your fingers , allow your child to immitate drawing shapes in the flour with you.

5. Copying patterns,  whether its cut out shapes and you instruct your child to make the pattern you have made using the shapes,  your child will be seeing the shapes visually and concepting the name of the shapes.

6. Ask your child to pass you different shapes. Sit with your child with different shapes in front of them and say can you please pass me a square ,can you please pass me a circle etc. Hold each shape up and say to your child,  look a square.

7. Playdough cutters. Using different shapes (star , heart , circ.le and squares) encourage your child to use the cutters to make playdough shapes. With using palydough your child is likely to stay engaged and focused as playdough maybe something they enjoy.

8. Lollipop sticks. Using colourful lollipop sticks demonstrate how to make shapes to your child and encourage them to repeat the name of each shapes made. 

9.  Floating shapes on water. Provide your child with a fishing net and give them a shape to fish from the water. Your child will visually be looking for the shape and put together the name of shape with the shape object.

10. Identify shapes around the home. Use a tally chart and mark off how many of each space you have found. Encourage a conversation with your child by asking them the shape of specific objects and also the name. Encourage your child to make a full sentence such as , The t.v is rectangle shape.

All of these activities are in place to create a fun activity to encourage the teaching of shapes.

Happy Learning

Love Mamma x


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