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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Teach Basic Shapes and Colors

Children learn shapes and colors from their toys, books, and even their clothes.  I still like to be purposeful in teaching the basic shapes and colors.
To make this game you just need a basic envelope and paper (cardstock is best) in the primary colors. 
I cut a small circle, triangle, and square from each of the red, yellow, and blue papers.  (About 1 1/2 inches each.)
I traced each of the shapes using a pencil onto the envelope.  Then I went over the pencil marks with a black permanent marker.  (If you are going to laminate-or use packaging tape- the shapes, now is the time to do it.  I made the same exact game for my daughter years ago, and it lasted for the time that we needed it-without laminating.)
Then have your children match the shapes.
Later you can request a certain color and shape.

By having your child group by shapes or colors you are also introducing sets, a mathematical concept that will be used for many years to come.  (Even if you never learned the word as a child, you'll have to trust me that it won't be the first foreign concept to you in math with your school-aged child.)

I'm linking up to ABC and 123's Show and Tell.  

4 comments:

Lisa said...

I wonder if the Bug would enjoy this.

The Activity Mom said...

This is awesome!

kate said...

Wow, what a simple and wonderful activity to make. Thank you for sharing! I'm so glad to have found you through The Activity Mom.

Carrie said...

Great idea! Bookworm1, I think, has his shapes down (finally.) For some reason, those took us awhile. I'm not really sure why because he notices the minute details of things -- I was surprised that shapes were a hiccup!

Next up - Bookworm2. And I'm not sure where to begin with him. I'll keep this idea in mind.

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