Shape creatures are really easy to make. They are created by tracing around some shape cards.
As children engage in this Shape Creatures Activity they use many skills:
- Fine motor skills are strengthened as children trace around the shapes
- Eye-hand coordination is reinforced as children manipulate art materials and shape templates
- Maths concepts are expanded as names and features of shapes are explored and revised
- Spatial awareness is promoted as children hold shapes and trace around them, matching, positioning and aligning objects
- Creativity is fostered as children design and create their own shape creatures
- Language skills are promoted with discussions about the properties of the shapes (e.g., how many corners/sides each shape has)
- Imagination is engaged as stories are made up and told about the shape creatures
- Creative writing skills are incorporated as the stories are written down and expanded
- Decision making is used as children decide which shapes to use, how, where and why.
Laminating the shapes would extend the life of the shapes by making them more durable.
After being given the shapes, blank paper and pens, the boys were free to create whatever they wanted.
Tracing around circles is actually harder than what it looks at first. It takes coordination to hold a shape still while moving a pen around the outside of it.
Once the shape creatures or pictures were created, it was time to expand the activity by making stories about the shape creatures.
The great thing about these shape templates is that they can be gathered up and stored in the art drawer, ready for use another day.
This activity is easy to set up and quick to tidy away. Great for those moments in the day when fingers need something extra to do but there isn't time to engage in a more messy art project.
This is an art project I'm sure we'll be doing again.
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