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Introducing Shapes Through Reading, Touching, Dancing and Doing
As parents and teachers, we know that wooden blocks, books, shape sorters, drawing paper and colored pencils are pretty much all we need to teach shapes. Exploring shapes will enhance their need to learn and fine-tune their motor skills. Incorporating music, reading and conversations will reinforce the shapes while helping toddlers develop additional skills quickly.
Tip: Let your child direct the building block games to increase his motor skills and give him confidence in his abilities. If you have some concerns or need new ideas, speak with his preschool teacher about activities you can do at home to reinforce the classroom learning.
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- Great Books for Toddlers: Books About Shapes and Colors
- Play the Sticky Shapes Game: Shape Activities
- Sing About Different Shapes
- Musical and Interactive Games for Preschoolers
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Triangles, Diamonds, Octagons, and Crecents
These articles deal with specific shapes that are fun and easy to make. The activities will keep youngsters engaged through the use of paint, coloring with crayons and creating animals out of common shapes.
Tip: Do not overlook the fun a preschooler can have in the kitchen making shapes out of dough and learning how to bake sweet treats in the process.
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- Teaching Diamonds And Triangles in Preschool
- Preschool Octagon Shape Activity
- Teaching Preschool Shapes on Crescents
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- Sailboat Shapes Lesson Plans for Preschool
- Shapes With Moods! The Greedy Triangle Lesson for Preschool
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Rhombus, Squares, Circles, Rectangles, Hearts and Stars, Oh my!
There are many fun shapes to learn that are found in art, nature, architecture and through the exploration of music, the oceans and the Earth. Help your preschoolers connect the dots through various media, history lessons and little critters.
Tip: Use every available opportunity with your child to play games where he points out shapes in the normal routine of his day. For instance, a trip to the grocery store is filled with shapes on the shelves and a walk around the neighborhood is filled with shapes found in nature that can later be drawn on paper and colored at home.
- Preschool Shapes: Teaching About Hearts
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- Get in Shape With These Square Shape Activities
- Preschool Lesson Plan: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
- Preschool Shapes: Teaching Star Shapes
- The Mighty Rectangle: Crafts for Preschoolers
- Preschool Activities to Learn the Pentagon
- Art Activities for Children with Visual Impairments
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Shapes, Math and The Artistic Process
Little ones love to get messy and something as simple as planting seeds in round or square containers is a learning opportunity to introduce basic concepts and reinforces shapes through associations from abstract concepts to real-life items. In the process of learning their shapes, toddlers are experimenting with texture and colors in an interactive way.
Tip: Invest in wooden shape puzzles because they are durable and can be used to add new dimensions to imaginative creations that involve wooden blocks. Ask your child to pass you the round piece or the square piece while you build things together. This type of reinforcement is a great way to continue to develop motor skills and language.
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- Fun Puzzles for Preschoolers
- Tips for Teaching 3D Shapes
- Using Shapes to Teach Preschool Measurement Lessons
- Making Waves in Math: Ocean Theme Preschool Math Activities
- Using Building Blocks in Preschool: Activities and Ideas
- Pumpkin Shape Crafts for Preschool
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Activities to Reinforce Shapes
There are many activities that reinforce learning shapes while painting, coloring or reenacting stories read from age-appropriate books. There are shapes in nature that will easily incorporate the use of previously learned basic shapes with lessons taught about animals and holidays.
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- Curious George and The Pizza: Activities
- Fun Fish Crafts for Preschool
- Art and Crafts Activities for Preschool Children: Lion Theme
- Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Let's Make a Crocodile!
- Sponge Painting Projects for Every Season
- Preschool Shape Ideas and Activities
- Spookley The Square Pumpkin: Song and Lesson
- Making Faces is Fun! A Preschool Lesson on Face Shapes
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Teaching shapes alongside language skills, colors and numbers in the classroom will provide students with a foundation for learning new and more advanced concepts as they continue in their academic endeavors. Parents should then encourage their children to share what they have learned in school and ask questions about what they did, while continuing to engage in play, music and other activities with them. This will reinforce the classroom experience
Do you read to your child? Do you ask him to point out colors and shapes in the pages? - These are simple ways of reinforcing shapes while reading a favorite story. What other methods do you use as a teacher in the classroom and as your child's first teacher at home? Share with us in the comment section so that other parents and educators can benefit from what you do and know.