Today I set out construction paper squares of all different colors, white construction paper and glue. After reading the book I had my friends pick a square or two and asked them to tear them. There was much hesitation and looking towards mom for approval. It is funny how they asked for permission; obviously we do not let our kids tear enough paper.
Once they started, they could not stop! My friends sat at the art table for 15 minutes; unheard of. I had to remind the moms to not tell the kids where to put the pieces; let go and let them do it.
I asked several of them what they were making and many said a house. Well, one said it first and then they all decided they were making houses.
To compliment the theme I had my friends make shapes out of home made play dough.
We sang a song to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle. I sang "Do you know what shape this is? Shape this is, shape this is? Do you know what shape this is that I am holding in my hand? I held up a square, then circle, heart, triangle and a star.
I had available for play several shape sorting games.
I love that the theme was so simple. I always say (and why am I surprised) simple elicits the greatest response.
In the future I would do this at home and make a square piece of art every day. In the book they use scissors, hole punchers, and crumple the paper. If my boys would let me, I would do this!
What have you done to explore shapes?