I love bringing color into my classroom, and if that can be combined with a hands on shape activity, even better. If it can be combined with a hands-on shape activity that works on fine motor skills and is on a vertical surface to help build shoulder strength and encourage proper wrist position? Dude, we just won a lottery because these are essential skill-building activities that we need to make sure we are offering in our preschool classes.
Let’s not forget that this hands on shape activity also teaches children all about shapes, gives them a chance to manipulate them, and it’s fun!
Gather your materials. You will need a good-sized window, some clear contact paper, painter’s tape, scissors, and acrylic shapes. You can use this affiliate link to get the exact ones I use here.
Cut your contact paper into a rectangle and peel a little of the backing off. Tape that to the window, sticky side facing you. Peel the rest off and, using painter’s tape, make a frame to secure the contact paper to the window.
That’s it. I usually place a few shapes on to encourage my students to come to see and create.
The best part is that it’s not just a creative shape activity it’s also pretty tricky to get the shapes back off. It would be best if you had a lot of hand strength and good fine motor skills to do it, and that is one of the things our students need for eventual handwriting, to use eating utensils, and do tasks like buttoning their pants and zipping up jackets.
I love how cheery it makes our windows!
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Over 170 simple preschool activities that use everyday materials. You don’t need to invest a lot of money to teach your child at home.
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