Shapes In The City

Shape Skyscraper

The idea for this building came from my daily helping of “Mama, build city wit me?” my son builds cities to go with his collection of cars daily, so I capitalized on this love and made it into a shape matching lesson. You can drop the shapes and just decorate the carton if free art is what you need for the day, I know we will be repeating this with plain paper shapes that he can paste wherever he wants real soon! Today though was more mama directed since we have done free art for the past few days , remember to give your child lots of free time with crayons, paints and their imagination!

Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of black construction paper, some sticky back foam, scissors, a cleaned out milk carton, and glue. Start by tracing the milk carton on the paper, then fold the 2 pieces and cut . You should have 4 identical pieces of black paper. Next cut out 4 groups of different shapes from the foam, I did ovals, circles, rectangles and triangles, but feel free to do any shape you are learning about right now. Invite your child to the table, and have them match up the shapes on the paper. I stuck one of each shape on the pages to guide my son and he got it right away. For younger ones do two shapes at a time, older children can have all 4 shapes to sort a once. Give them the next two shapes and pages. While they stick the shapes on cut the top off the milk carton.Grab the glue . Glue the pages on the sides of the carton. Using the top of the milk carton you cut off trace a square for the top of the building. Glue it on. Let dry
Books!
“Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans is a great book often overlooked because of the popularity of the character. The book has great rhyming text, wonderful illustrations of Paris, with ample opportunity to talk about what you can find in the city, and a hospital storyline too! I love this book, and would even if the illustrations of Paris didn’t make me long for my traveling days. My son sat happily for the whole book this morning and made me go upstairs to get his Madeline doll and read it again. ” Inside a Zoo in the City” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is a rebus read along , so children who can’t read words yet can help read this with pictures put right into the text! The story is repetitive and builds with one animal and page at a time. Preschoolers love these books and the repetitive nature of it makes it interactive and fun!
“Barney Backhoe and the Big City Dig” by Susan Knopf is a perfect book for your digger obsessed child, but even if your child can’t spot a backhoe from a mile away this book is a cute story about helping people , and the illustrations are filled with things that are found in the city and can spark great discussions with your child .

Match Point !

Shape Sorting

This was a little tricky for my little guy but if I had used all the same color for the shapes he wouldn’t have needed as much help, I think he was a little confused over which to match . Even if your child doesn’t quite get it, as long as they aren’t frustrated they will benefit from playing with the shapes .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1 large piece of paper or wraping paper ( using the reverse), 3 pieces of contruction paper in 3 colors, scissors, glue and a marker. You can also use crayons, paint or markers to decorate the shapes.
  2. Cut out 3 large shapes. You can do more for older children and less for children just learing their shapes.
  3. Cut our a bunch of small shapes that match your larger ones. Here is where I messed up, I should have only used the same color paper for each shape , but with older children feel free to make is harder and even have them cut out their own shapes.
  4. Glue your large shapes onto the big piece of paper.
  5. Start by giving your child just a few shapes and seeing if they know where to put them. You may have to help, that’s fine this activity needs a lot of parental involvement ( so no dishes or making dinner while you do this one ! ) . Once they figure it out, hand them the glue.
  6. Keep going!It took my little man a few times but he started getting it after a few minutes.
  7. Hang it up and try to find shapes around your house that match too!
Song!

Herman the Worm- remix!
Sittin’ on a fence post chomping on my gum,
chomp chomp chomp,
Playing with my yo yo ,
woo woo,
When a long came Herman the worm,
and he was shaped like this__( hold up a shape)__
And I said ” Herman what happened?”
And he said I ate a ___( name the shape)____

Do with as many or as few shapes as you please !


Book

“Mouse Shapes” by Ellen Stoll Walsh is a cute book that ot only helps teach shapes it is also entertaining! The three crafty mice use the shapes to protect themselves from one hungry cat finally using them to make scary mice to frighten the cat away! Kids love to help find which shapes are use in the authors collages and older ones can even anticipate what the mice will make next!