Fun@Home Home-Based Playgroup Complimentary Trial

This is an example of the Fun@Home Home-based playgroup digital product: The full version will have 12 more themes.

 

All about shapes

Activity

Materials Needed

Introductory Activity

  • Shape cut-outs (Print and laminate from Introductory PDF)

  • 2-dimensional shape characteristics/terminology chart (Print from Introductory PDF)

  • Phone camera

  • Introductory PDF download link

Focused Activity

Bonus Challenge I

  • 3-D objects found around the house:

Examples:

- Cone: party hat, ice cream cone

- Cylinder: pringles container

- Cube: dice

- Sphere: tennis ball, stress ball, globe

- Prism: toblerone chocolate bar

- Cuboid: metal pencil case, shoe box

- Pyramid: perfume bottle, paper weight, christmas tree decoration

- Torus: swim ring, donut toy

Bonus Challenge II

Sensory Play

  • Empty transparent container for water play

  • Water

  • Food colouring of your choice (optional)

  • Shapes cut outs (Print from Introductory Activity PDF)

  • Objects around your house that are circle, rectangle, square or triangle in shape (e.g. small plate, drinks coaster, paper clip, foil sheet)

  • Pebbles

  • Teaspoon

  • Small tong/tweezer/training chopsticks

Introduction: Shape Hunt

Objectives

  1. Explore and discover the shapes around us.

  2. Describe and name shapes according to their 2-dimensional terminology/characteristics.

 

 

Materials Needed

  • Shape cut-outs (available for download - to be printed & laminated)

  • 2-dimensional shape characteristics/terminology chart (download and print from here)

  • Phone camera

 

 

Directions

 

Prep:

  • Parent can snap photos of various items in the house and store them in the photo gallery for the activity

    • Ensure that the items are flat since the following activity will be touching on 2D shapes

 

Activity:

  • Parent shows child the photos and invite them to find them around the house and place them on a table or tray

  • Pick out an item and talk about its shape and its characteristics

    • parents can also use the shapes cut outs provided as a visual aid for child when talking about the shape of a particular object and its characteristics

    • parents can also refer to pages 1 and 2 of the resource to present some proper terminology and description of each shape

  • Invite child to pick out another item of the shape in discussion

  • Repeat for other items

  • Explain that “We can find shapes all around us” just like how items found around the house are of different shapes

 

Some guiding questions to ask:

  • What do you look at when you try to identify a shape?

  • Can you create new shapes by combining different shapes?

  • What are some basic shapes that you know or have just learnt?

  • Where are these shapes found?

  • Can you think of other items that have the same shape as this?

Focused Activity

 

Objectives

  1. Review identification of shapes through hands-on activities and observing the world around them.

  2. Use correct geometric terminology.

 

Materials Needed

 

 

Directions

  • Read the book “Mouse Shapes” by Ellen Walsh. Point out the shapes that are used throughout the book and how they are put together to create the pictures.

  • Print out both pages, and complete it together with your child. As you and your child complete it together, here are some main skills your child can work on

    • naming the different shapes used in each picture

    • counting out the different shapes

 

 

Bonus Challenge I

 

Objectives

  • Explain attributes of shapes by exploring real world objects

 

Materials Needed

  • 3-D objects found around the house:

- Cone: party hat, ice cream cone

- Cylinder: pringles container

- Cube: dice

- Sphere: tennis ball, stress ball, globe

- Prism: toblerone chocolate bar

- Cuboid: metal pencil case, shoe box

- Pyramid: perfume bottle, paper weight, christmas tree decoration

- Torus: swim ring, donut toy

 

Directions

  • Place different 3-D objects into a pouch or drawstring bag and

  • Prompt your child to put his/her hand into the pouch and feel the objects in the pouch

    • Encourage your child to describe the objects using terms such as face, edge, vertices, curved and flat surfaces.

 

 

Bonus Challenge II

 

Objectives

  1. Compare two and three dimensional shapes by differentiating them according to attributes.

  2. Familiarize child with properties of 3D shapes through

(i) using their imagination and creativity to recreate the shape;

(ii) counting the number of faces/edges/vertices each shape has;(iii) knowing how names are spelled and finger tracing/pencil tracing them;

(iv) practice writing the names of each shape freely.

 

Materials Needed

  • 3D shapes chart (Download and print from here)

  • 3D shapes activity mats (Download and print from here)

 

Directions

  • Show your child the 3D shapes mat

  • Invite him/her to match items from the pouch to the 3D shapes mat

  • With the shapes mat, guide your child to:

    • make/recreate the 3D shape by using items such as toothpicks, pipe cleaners, pom pom balls, marshmallows etc

    • count the number of faces,edges and vertices that the 3D shape has

    • trace the name of the 3D shape

    • write the name of the 3D shape

  • Parent may double check these answers against the 3D shape chart provided (pages 5 and 6)

Sensory Play

Objectives

  1. Reinforce 2D shapes recognition and their characteristics

  2. Strengthen fine-motor skills namely bilateral coordination and eye-hand coordination

 

Materials Needed

  • Empty transparent container for water play

  • Water

  • Food colouring of your choice (optional)

  • Shape cut-outs (Download and print from Introductory Activity section)

  • Objects around your house that are circle, rectangle, square or triangle in shape (e.g. small plate, drinks coaster, paper clip, foil sheet)

  • Pebbles

  • Teaspoon

  • Small tong/tweezer/training chopsticks

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Place the shapes cut outs under an empty, transparent bin/container that you will use for the water play activity

  • Your child should be able to see through the bin to the shapes cut outs when engaging in the activities later on

  • Pour water into the container

    • you may choose to dye the water slightly to make it more interesting

 

Activity 1:

  • Include objects around your house that are of these shapes: circle, rectangle, square, triangle

    • these objects should be flat since we are exploring 2D shapes

    • place them separately on a tray external to the sensory bin

    • recommended to have up to 10 items for starters

  • Prompt your child to pick an item from the tray, describe which shape it looks like and matches it to the corresponding shape cut outs through the water in the sensory bin

    • For fine-motor practice: encourage your child to use a small tong or tweezer or training chopsticks to pick up items with

  • Repeat for the remaining items

  • After the last item has been matched, invite your child to count the number of items in each shapes group

    • Some prompts: Which group has the most items? Which group has the least items?

 

 

Activity 2:

  • Prepare a basket of pebbles and a teaspoon

    • instead of pebbles, you can also use items that you have many of and are small enough to fit on a teaspoon such as bottle caps, game counters etc.

  • Invite your child to form shapes in the water by using the pebbles

    • For some fine-motor practice: (a) encourage your child to use the teaspoon to transfer pebbles from the basket to the water and (b) place the pebbles along the lines of the shapes (use the shapes sheet as a guide)

  • As your child does this, you may wish to have them recall that some shapes consists of just lines like the square, triangle and rectangle but others have curves like the circle.

You have now completed the complimentary trial for the Fun@Home online course. Nice! You are doing a fantastic job at getting to the next level in bringing sensory play benefits to your little one.

 

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