This week we are taking a little break from seasonal units, and will be learning about shapes!
This will be our first week on shapes where we will be focusing on the more “basic” shapes: triangle, square, circle, rectangle, diamond, star, and heart.
We will have another unit on shapes later on in the school year where we will explore some other shapes such as hexagon, octagon, etc.
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Shapes 1 Lesson Plan
Shapes Unit Activities
Trace the Shape
Using painter’s tape, create large shapes (outline) on the floor. Kids can use Lego or other blocks to trace the shapes that you created on the floor.
Find Items With the Same Shape
Go on a mini scavenger hunt to find various toys or items that have the same shape as the shapes, and place them inside the shapes on the floor.
Day 2: Spider Web
I saw this activity on Busy Toddler’s Instagram the other day, and thought it would go perfectly with this unit!
All you need are painter’s tape, cardboard, and some paint!
These are our favorite! The colors are super vibrant and they dry down really quickly and don’t make a huge mess. It’s really great for littles!
Here is how ours turned out! I ended up making a spider out of construction paper and sticking some googly eyes on it!
Day 3: Shape BINGO!
Using the Bingo sheets and shape cards (included in the lesson plan download), play BINGO!
Shape Stamping Paint
We have a ton of toilet paper rolls that I’ve been saving up to do activities with the boys, and we finally get to use some!
Fold toilet paper rolls to create different shapes. Dip the ends into paint and then stamp onto paper.
Drawing Shapes on Sensory Bag
I saw this sensory bag on Mothercould’s instagram and I’m so excited to try it out!
Instead of practicing letters though, I plan on printing out the shape cards (included in the lesson plan download) and getting my son to practice drawing these shapes.
All you need are: ziploc bag, rubbing alcohol (optional to remove label), hair gel, food coloring, and glitter.
Here is how ours turned out!
Day 5: Shape Matching
This is another Busy Toddler activity I saw on Pinterest.
Hang up a large sheet of kraft paper on the wall and draw shapes on the paper. Draw the same shapes on post it notes, and your child can match up the corresponding shapes.
Update: We ended up going on a day trip on Friday, so I tweaked it to make it work as a car activity.
Letter of the Week: D
You know I love the letter songs from Have Fun Teaching. So we will definitely be listening to the Letter D Song.
But I plan on watching some other letter d songs and videos on Youtube during my kids’ screen time.
This letter D song from Storybots is really cute!
This is a great book to introduce shapes to little ones!
I love that this one is seasonal as well as fitting with this week’s theme! This book is about a square pumpkin that helps save the day–a really cute story!
Walter the spider struggles with building a web. But he continues to work on his web skills to make a beautiful web.
With cutout pages, this book’s illustrations are really fun for little ones.
I love that this book is multicultural, and includes Spanish words. It’s a great book for shapes, but also also a great way to introduce the fact that there are many different languages in this world!
Square and Circle are friends, and then Triangle comes into the mix and changes the dynamics of their friendship. It’s punny (although littles will probably not catch on to many of them) so it’s enjoyable for grownups to read as well.
I love the illustrations in this book: colorful snapshots that can be found in many cities.
Character Value: Love Your Neighbor
This has been the theme for my boys’ Sunday school (which we watch from home). And I thought it was super appropriate for the next couple weeks.
This year has been really rough, and especially with the elections coming up, I feel like there has been so much hate going around.
I had always wanted to instill this value of “love your neighbor as yourself” in my children, but I think this will also be a good reminder for me over the next few weeks.
Bible Memory Verse: Mark 12:30-31
I’ve shared this before, but it’s been really great having these printables taped up next to my son’s bed. We say them every night before my son falls asleep, and it’s really been great for me to meditate of these words as well.
This printable is included in the lesson plan download!
We will be listening to this song throughout the week to help us memorize this verse!
Shapes 1 Lesson Plan
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Have a Wonderful Week!
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