I made a quick game for George to match shapes with their outlines.
While George was gone with Grandpa to run an errand, I quickly searched around the house to find a few objects to trace.
I used a large piece of butcher paper (but any paper, even file folders would work like Growing Play did, what I was inspired from). The objects I traced were ones that would be easily identifiable. I purposely didn’t include generic shapes like a ball (or anything else circular) so that there would be a definite answer.
Objects I traced were things like a curved train track, a letter ‘Z’ magnet, a toy hammer, and so on. I kept them all pretty recognizable by the outline alone. A couple I thought would be tough, such as the bath boat that didn’t really look like a boat at all when I traced it.
George caught me finishing up tracing the objects, so it was time to start!
I didn’t leave the objects right there where I traced them. I put them back to where I found them so that George would have to search around the house to find the objects that would match the shapes. George is almost a preschooler, so I didn’t want it too easy for him! But you could definitely have all the objects right there to make it more of a puzzle match objects to the silhouettes.
George looked at the shapes outlines I drew and could name most of them! So the activity focused mostly on the search for the matching object. But the fun was in matching the object to the silhouette when he found it and laying the object the right way to fit into its silhouette.
It was fun to see him mess up too. He knew one of the shape outlines was a block, but grabbed the wrong type of block (a bristle block instead of Melissa & Doug’s wooden blocks - affiliate link). As he set it on the outline, he was trying to get it to fit right… and it just wouldn’t work. I just asked, “Hmm…. does that look right?”
Nope. And off he was to find the other kind of block.
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After George finished, he wanted to do the game again, but with new shapes! He had a lot of fun! I’ll definitely pull this game out when I have a few minutes to sneak to the side and trace some new objects!
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