Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Shape Hunt

How many circles can you find in your house? Can you find some hidden triangles?

Learning about shapes can be so much fun. It lends itself so well to hands-on activities. Recently, we went on a shape hunt throughout out house and had an absolute blast hunting for hidden shapes. This shape activity was easy to set up and it was a great way to sneak a little learning into our fun. 

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How to Set-Up:
Before playing, I took four index cards and drew a different shape on each. You can do as many or as few shapes as you want. I chose to use four basic shapes: rectangle, square, triangle, and circle. 

How to play:
Shuffle the cards and spread them out shape side down. Have your kids take turns turning over a card. The first child draws a card and everyone runs off to look for examples of that shape. Once you find something come back to the collection area. Small items can be brought to the collection area, larger item can just be written down on the card. See how many examples of each shape your kids can find! Once you're finished with one shape, pick another card and get searching again!

Looking for triangles was challenging for us but, we did end up finding quite a few examples. Some of the triangles the girls found were quite creative, such as our dog's ears and the tip of a pencil.

Circles were everywhere, even on our own bodies (our heads)!

We found quite a few large examples for rectangle, such as the walls, doors, and the fish tank.

Even though we found a lot of squares, my oldest still wanted to make her own. She took her scissors and cut a piece of paper into a square to add to our pile.

We had a lot of fun with our shape hunt and it was a great way to get moving indoors. I'm sure we'll be playing this game again and again and again!

Go on a shape hunt around the house. This is such a fun preschool or toddler activity.

Find more shape activities here: 

Get Crafty: Shape Collages

Go Outside: Driveway Shape Maze

Sewing Circles: Simple Shapes to Sew

10 Shape Activities for Toddlers at Hands On As We Grow

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  1. that's a really good idea! adding it to our rainy day list

    1. Wonderful!! It's perfect for a rainy day!

  2. Oh my goodness, you took me back to when my kids were toddlers and we played Shape Jump. I'd put colored shapes on the floor (handmade and colored in by the kids) and I'd shout out a color or shape and the kids would have to jump onto the right one. Hours of fun and a good way to keep fit!

    1. Those are such great memories! I hope to play this game with my girls many more times!

  3. Super cute idea - what fun! I wanted to invite you to link up at TGIF LInky Party http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
    Beth =-)


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