I prepared some shape activities for Butterfly so we can give more focus the shape's numbered sides.
I found this first fabulous idea here on Pinterest and prepped a tray immediately.
I printed out my own chart, drew the shapes on, and then laminated it.
We had a total of 26 sides with the shapes on the chart, so I made sure we had the exact amount, 26 popsicle sticks in a cup, so it can be a self-correcting activity.
Butterfly got to work making each shape. She looked at the number of the sides for the shape she was working on, took out the right number of sticks, and formed the shape.
This next idea came from here, which was also pinned of course! I made different coloured shape cards, each side of each shape are the same size in length. So I cut Bendaroos Sticks all the same length, but with the right colour amount to fit each shape.
Each shape is a different colour, so for instance, there are only three green sticks in the box for the triangle's three green sides.
Having the right amount, the exact same for colour matching, helps build a self-correcting activity for the child. The child chooses a shape and outlines the shape with the Bendaroos Sticks. When drawing out the shapes it is important to ensure the length of the sides are the same length with the cut Bendaroos sticks so they match precisely.
These cards were laminated also, so Butterfly and I used a wipe-off marker to write down the number of sides inside each shape.
We have magnetic foam shapes (from the dollar store) and I traced and coloured a pattern sheet for Butterfly and laminated it. We place it on a metal cookie sheet and Butterfly works on matching the shapes to complete the pattern.
Those are some of our recent activities on Shapes!