Shapes are everywhere!
Look around you – shapes are everywhere! From the rectangle that forms a picture frame to the circle that forms the drain cover in your bathroom sink, almost every object is a shape. Learn about the characteristics of particular shapes and then go on a scavenger hunt to find objects with those shapes around your home!
- Shapes Are Everywhere: Shape Guide (page 2)
- Shapes Are Everywhere: Shape Tally Sheet (page 3)
- Small paper bag or container
- Explore and identify different shapes with the “Shapes Are Everywhere: Shape Guide” (page 2) from this activity sheet.
- Work with your child to cut out the shapes from the guide and place each one into a paper bag or container.
- Decide on an area for your scavenger hunt. Would you like to search your entire home, a particular room, or an area outside? We suggest choosing one area first.
- Close your eyes, reach into the bag or container, and pull out one shape. This will be the first shape you look for on your scavenger hunt.
- Look around your designated area. How many objects can you find with that shape? Mark that number on your tally sheet.
- Repeat the same process for each of the shapes (if all 6 is too much, choose a fewer number of shapes to search for).
- Count how many objects you found for each shape.
- Which shape did you find the most of?
- Which shape was the hardest to find?
- Did you see any other shapes that were not on our list?
LEARNING BEHIND THE PLAY
- Introduces and reinforces geometric shape recognition of squares, circles, rectangles, triangles, ovals and diamonds
- Develops observational and critical thinking skills
- Develops classification skills
TAKE IT FURTHER
What other shapes can you find? Maybe a star or a hexagon? Try looking for shapes in different areas, such as outside at a park or even the grocery store. Turn adult errands into a game by using this activity to occupy your young child. Ask your child to predict which shape they think they will find the most of during their scavenger hunt.