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I try to make learning fun for my kids. That means that my approach to teaching shapes is to do so as much through games and play as I can. We have a long driveway, which provided the perfect setting to do a gross motor activity that involved teaching shapes to my kids.
Note: For more ideas and free printables to help kids learn shapes, see my teaching shapes to kids page.
I started by drawing a number of shapes on our driveway using sidewalk chalk. I drew basic shapes like circles and squares for XGirl and more advanced shapes like rhombuses and pentagons for QBoy.
Sometimes they raced down the driveway on their Mini Kick scooters.
After a while, I thought it might help the kids if I gave them an exemplar shape to hold on to while searching for their shape on the driveway. Therefore, I pulled out our shapes bean bags.
We played this game for quite a while, so the kids got a good amount of exercise going up and down our driveway. Plus, they made progress in learning some shapes as well. And to top it off, we all had fun!
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More shapes posts from Gift of Curiosity:
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- 15 books about shapes
- Magic disappearing shapes
- Trace the shapes art and fine motor activity
- How many ways to make a shape?
- Sand shapes
- Exploring 3D shapes through play
- 3D shapes graphing game