A Shape Matching Game On the Window
Today we made a shape matching game which involves the whole body.
The game involves shapes being stuck on a window as well as on the floor beneath the window.
The aim of the game is to locate and match the shapes by placing a hand on the window shape and a foot on the corresponding floor shape.
Because the shapes were going to be displayed on a window, we decided to use our
Melted Crayon Art to cut the shapes out of.
A window is a perfect place to mount the melted crayon artwork as the light shines through the crayon making it glow so beautifully.
An Easy Way to Cut Shapes For the Shape Matching Game
We began by cutting the melted crayon pictures into shapes.
By laying the shape templates on top of the melted crayon artwork, I then had something to use as cutting guidelines.
By the time the shapes were cut out, I was left with two sets of shapes: one set of melted crayon shapes and another of plain white shapes (previously used as shape templates).
The melted crayon shapes were stuck to the window at child height.
The white shapes were labelled with the name of each shape using black texter and then stuck to the floor, under the window, using clear contact over the top.
How To Play the Shape Matching Game
The shape matching game is very simple but one which requires children to carefully look at individual shapes.
We began by looking at all the shapes on the floor and discussing the characteristics of each. For example, how many sides and corners does each shape have? Are any of the sides different lengths or the same length?
Next, the boys were encouraged to choose a shape on the floor, stand on it with one foot and then locate the matching shape on the window, placing a hand on it.
It's sort of like playing "Twister" only using a window and the floor instead of the floor only.
I'm sure there are other games we will play as well. In the meantime, the shapes are providing an excellent opportunity to review shapes already known and introduce new ones.
By the way, we did include different types of triangles such as the "Isosceles" and "Right Angle Triangle". The way I look at it, if children can remember the names of dinosaurs, they are probably capable of learning the correct names of shapes as well. I think the only person who has had trouble remembering names so far has been me! :o
Do you play games with shapes? I'd love to hear about them.
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