I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to work on shape recognition with XGirl, and this magic disappearing shapes activity was a perfect fit for her! After all, what kid wouldn’t love a bit more magic in their learning day? 🙂 Plus, this activity sneaks in a little fine motor practice at the same time. Win-win!
Note: For more ideas and free printables to help kids learn shapes, see my teaching shapes to kids page.
To do the magic disappearing shapes activity, I gathered the following materials:
- The targeted shapes for her to practice drawn in marker on coffee filters
- A plastic pipette
- A cup of water
- To contain the mess, all of the materials were put on one of our craft trays
To play this activity, I named a shape and asked XGirl to find it on her coffee filter. Then she dripped water on it using her plastic pipette.
When the marker used to draw the shape comes into contact with water, it begins to spread out until it practically disappears – just like magic!
XGirl loved the opportunity drip water on her coffee filter, and it was a great way for her to work on her shapes. Using the pipette also provides great fine motor practice.
I’ve also used this activity to work on letter recognition with QBoy (click here to see it in action!), and this magic disappearing shapes activity could easily be adapted to work on other skills as well (e.g., numbers, sight words, colors). How will you use this activity to make your child’s learning feel like magic?
More resources for learning shapes
More shapes posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- 20 ideas for teaching shapes
- 15 books about 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