Shape Fans

This week we will focus on building early cognitive (brain) development through shape and color recognition using a fun, homemade art activity.

 

You will need:

Cardboard (Tip: You can use old cereal or shoe boxes), Colored Construction paper, Safety Scissors, Glue or Tape

Directions:

  1. Cut out different shapes, such as circles, squares, rectangles, diamonds, and triangles from pieces of cardboard.
  2. Cut out matching shapes from different colored construction paper (Tip: Help your child practice tracing the shapes before you cut them).
  3. Match the cardboard shape with the construction paper shape, and glue or tape them together (Tip: Turn this step into a fun shape-matching game).
  4. Glue or tape a Popsicle stick to the back of the cardboard for a handle.

School Readiness Tips:

  • Talk about the colors.  What color is this?  Do you want to take a walk and find things outside that are green?
  • Introduce and practice shapes. What shape is this fan? What else in this room is a square? Can you draw a circle?
  • Decorate your fans. Do you want to personalize your fan? Should mommy color a fan also? Tip: Scribbling is the precursor to writing, so give your child plenty of opportunities to scribble.
  • Discuss physical feelings. Are you hot? How can you cool down? Why do you think you feel so hot? When do you feel cold?

Please click here to download a PDF version of this activity.