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
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!
If you are looking for more outdoor ideas, check out my Go Outside and Play Pinterest board.