We are learning about shapes this week! It is so early on in my attempt at Tot Schooling to be an unorganized failure, lol, but it’s true. I was not able to have time to plan out this week’s activities and such, so I had to wing it. I started the “wing it” idea with my
beautiful handmade Bingo Game! (I was also at my grandmas and didn’t have access to a computer, bc this would have been a lot easier with a computer!) The cards aren’t bad, and honestly the dice isn’t so awfully bad considering I had nothing to go by on how to make it. But anyways first I made the Bingo Cards, and I was going to attempt to make 2 dice, one with colors and one with shapes, but I quickly ran out of patience. Plus I was excited about playing bingo!
I used a piece of paper to keep track of all my colors that I used. I simply said the colors in order, and had B roll the dice.
For example: my first color was Green, so whatever shape she rolled, would have to be green. So I would then tell her to find a green circle or whatever and place a marker on it. (We used coins.. lol, seriously winging it.) Then my next color was pink, so if she rolled a square it would be, pink square, and so on.
Honestly it was a lot of fun to play. We played with my grandma, and B was determined to win, she’s really competitive apparently. But she could not pay attention for her life. I’m not exactly sure why she was so crazy and bouncing off the walls, maybe Granny’s house was a distraction. I don’t know.
Here are some cards & they “key” that I made later on the computer. So help yourself 🙂
Every card has the exact same shapes and colors, just in different positions. Just use the key to mark off the shape & color as you call it out, or however you want to do it.
Then I made these shapes and printed them out. When she was distracted (imagine that) with something else, I went and hide them all around the house and told her to go find them. After she found them, I made her tell me the color and shape, and we talked about examples of what everyday things are those shapes. (Rectangle – table, remote, etc..)
We also read some vintage books that I had when I was really little. Snoopy’s Big Book of Shapes & Sesame Street Colors and Shapes.
We played Shape Hopscotch. B had so much fun doing that, although it ended up being more of a dance party then hopscotch. That girl loves dancing!
Then we worked on drawing her shapes. She always has fun with her dry erase board. She was concentrating really hard on making the shapes, we still have a lot of work and practice to do in that area, but she was doing great! 🙂
We also got these awesome FREE printable’s from Pastels and Macarons. I slipped the blank shapes into page protectors and then cut out the colored shapes and let B match it on the picture, using tape on the back.
I wish I had planned this better.. there are so many activities that could be done to learn shapes, but I just ran out of time 🙁 But she has learned a lot. The past couple days while watching TV, she has spotted different objects that make a shape, like a door or window, and says, “Look Mommy a rectangle!” And other shapes too.. so at least she’s learning to spot shapes in everyday life, so proud! 🙂