If your home is like mine, looking around for shapes can easily become an unwieldy project that morphs into spring cleaning! On the other hand, morphing is fun, and setting aside a little time, you can enjoy productive shape play with your child.
The basic idea of complementing digital learning by using real life shapes is simple and surprisingly fun. Though there are lots of ways to get busy with shapes, one of the sure-fire winning ways to accentuate educational app learning, is with food made into shapes. For young children, here are shapes activities that use foods.
Some foods naturally lend themselves to shape recognition, especially spherically shaped foods such as oranges, grapes, or sliced cucumbers and carrots. For special occasions, cookies can be nicely cut into various shapes either by hand or with a cookie cutter. This is a delightful complement to learning shapes on an app, because now shapes take on a savory dimension!
For snacks, bread can be cut into triangles, many crackers have simple round, square or rectangular shapes. And cheeses, meats, and even tofu can be cut creatively to complement the shapes of breads and crackers. Don’t forget octagons and hexagons, easy to cut with thin-sliced cheese! With a small compostable knife, your child can safely have fun creating squarish and odd shapes! Remember, your child, in real world play with shape design, is reasoning, problem-solving, and practicing fine motor skills. Be sure to go with the flow if that triangle is a tad off! Cooking and shapes projects in the kitchen accomplish other interesting things: they teach our children about how things change when we prepare them to eat, and kids learn about gender roles in the kitchen. You can have “shape fun” putting kabobs together too.
For a child-centered kitchen project, fruit leather, also called fruit rolls or fruit roll ups, can be wonderously cut into many shapes, and they come in colors, an added bonus!
Remember that while your child is learning to identify basic shapes, some have straight lines, and some have curves. Keep it simple, and let your educational app inform you about how consistently your child is mastering each shape independent of your loving attention!