What is our theme? Shapes
What is the lesson (overall purpose)?
Review of the square and circle shape
SED3 The young toddler relates to adults through shared exploration of materials and environments
SED6 The older toddler follows the directions of adults
LC29 The younger toddler understands educators simple requests and statements referring to the present situation
LC32 The older toddler understands more abstract and complex statements and requests that refer to positions in space, reference to time, ideas, feelings
and the future
CD54 The younger toddler shows interest in matching and sorting according to color, shape and size
CD57 The older toddler matches and sorts according to color shape and size
Learning shapes not only helps children identify and organize visual information, it helps them learn skills in other curriculum areas including reading, math, and science. For example, an early step in understanding numbers and letters is to recognize their shape.
Songs, Books & Videos (Motivational Techniques)
https://youtu.be/AePdF_J3a1I Book: The Story of Circle & Square
https://youtu.be/sckGqmDWH5s Music: The Shapes Song (Circle, Square, Triangle)
Today’s activity is a scavenger hunt. So many options for materials!
Activity (Procedure): Circle/Square Scavenger Hunt
Ask your child to take a walk with you around your house and look for items that are circles or squares. You may need to help them by pointing out the first shape, for example “look at this plate! It’s a circle!” See how many circles and squares you can find inside your house. Ask mom or dad to write down what you found.
Activity Wrap Up:
How many circle items did you find? How many squares? Were some of your circles big and others small? Can you name the colors of the items you found?
How do I know what my child is learning? (Assessment)
Naming shapes is a skill that takes a little longer to develop. Most children reach about two years of age before they can grasp the concept. Start by teaching your child a few common shapes, such as squares, circles, and triangles. A slice of bologna or banana is a circle, a slice of cheese is a square, the television is a rectangle. Once mastered, you can move on to trickier shapes like stars, diamonds, and even octagonal stop signs
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications):
Try taking this activity outside and looking for circles and squares. This may be more difficult and your child will possibly need your help. Point out the tires on your car as being circles, for example.
When your child is able to identify circles and squares, more shapes may be added to the hunt such as triangles and rectangles, ovals and hearts.
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions):
Draw and cut out a circle and square shape to take with you on your scavenger hunt so your child will have a reference to compare what they find with the shape they are looking for.