Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Go Outside: Driveway Shape Maze


We recently started reviewing shapes with my youngest (age 3). One thing I love about learning shapes is that there are so many fun ways to teach them. We are focusing on one shape at a time and our first shape was the trusty, old square. We read a fun book about a Square Cat named Eula and we also played a fun shape game on our driveway.



I ran outside earlier that morning, grabbed the sidewalk chalk and started drawing shapes. I filled in a substantial section of our driveway. Since we'd been learning about squares, I made sure to include more squares than any other shape. You can focus on any shape or draw a variety of all the shapes if you plan on reviewing all the shapes. (This is something I plan on doing once we've mastered more shapes.)



When the girls came outside, I explained the game to them. They each stood in a square on the first row, then they had to get to the other side, stepping only in squares. Ready, set, go!



Both girls had a lot of fun with this game. Even my oldest (age 5), who knows her shapes really well, loved the physical aspect of the game. She soon challenged herself with all the shapes and also tried to see if she could jump over shapes and make giant steps. 



It's easy to add a little physical movement to learning. You can play the same game using numbers or even the letters of your child's name. Have fun learning!

Make it a Family Adventure
Cost: Free (Under $5.00 if you don't already have sidewalk chalk)
Planning Time: 5-10 minutes to draw the maze on the driveway
Ages: 2-5
Time Needed: At least 15 minutes to play.
Notes: This is a great project for some spur-of-the-moment fun. And, if you don't want to draw the whole maze yourself, enlist the family and get out there together!

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15 comments:

  1. this is a great way to learn...because it is fun!

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  2. Looks neat! I'll have to remember that when the temperatures cool down.

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  4. This is so much fun! Great idea.

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  5. Such a simple and great idea! My daughters would love this! It would help my 2yr old who is a little hit and miss with her shapes. It would be fun to have my eldest help me make the maze. Thanks for linking up at Mom's Library!

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  6. What a lovely idea and your kids must have been so impressed with how cool the driveway looked!

    Thanks for sharing on Science Sparks :)

    Kerry

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  7. Thank you for joining our Share & Play Wednesday with link to this post! It's been published in Summer Play Ideas - Sidewalk play post today: http://best-toys-for-toddler.blogspot.com/2012/07/summer-play-ideas-sidewalk-play.html Next week's theme is Making Music Outside! Hope to see you on FB on Wednesday! :D

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  8. What a very fun and active way to learn shapes! A great way to take learning outdoors, thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party! I love this idea :-)

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  9. This looks like a blast. I am definitely going to try this before it gets too hot outside today. Thank you for sharing. http://sjthomeschool.blogspot.com/

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  10. Featuring this post at Mom's Library! Great game to learn shapes!

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  11. I love this! I featured you on my Kid's Co-op post today!

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  12. What a great game! Sidewalk chalk makes everything more fun and gets kids outside while learning. I love it! Thanks for sharing with The Sunday Showcase.

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  13. I'm featuring you on the Mom's Library best of 2012. Stop over and check it out!

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  14. Playing hopscotch in the garden is among my treasured memories from my childhood. Would do so every Saturday mornings while my Dad works on the garage door remotes perth installation.

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