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


  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?

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