Humans make use of shapes as a means of identifying and organizing visual information. Your child, at a very young age, begins to make connections between familiar objects as well as their shapes. Changes in these shapes often leave your child confused! For example, at first, he/she may not want to eat round waffles or perhaps square cookies for that matter. Once he/she gets familiarized with shape information, he/she can integrate the new shape information into their already existing knowledge.
When your child explores different shapes the most basic of all educational processes come into play, that of observation- between similar and different objects. This very basic concept can be made use of in observing, comparing and discussing various encounters.
Shape Game Activities
You can organize a number of activities for your child with simple household activities such as the following:
- Treasure Hunt
Place a number of objects on the floor and invite your child to sort them into various piles according to shape- for square, flat, round and rectangular items. Soon after, you can ask your tot to go on a treasure hunt all around the house to find more objects that can go into each pile. What you’re doing in this exercise is merely applying the acquired shape knowledge to the world around.
- Shape Walk
Take a shape walk around your neighborhood. For this activity, focus on a single shape each time. This will help your child to match the shapes he/she has learned to objects in the environment and to identify similar and different objects. You can also take along a clipboard as well as a piece of paper with basic shapes drawn on it. Every time that your child finds one of the shapes, he/she can draw a tally mark. This makes for a fun game as well.
Advantages of Learning Shapes
Following are the advantages of learning shapes in preschool:
- Math: A strong foundation of shapes helps preschoolers to better recognize numbers and how they look. Number recognition is an early math skill that all preschoolers require before they can move on to advanced math skills such as addition.
- Literacy: Preschoolers who are able to distinguish between shapes are more likely able to notice the differences in the shapes of letters. This not only helps with reading but also with writing.
- Problem Solving: Shape activities aid preschoolers in the development of problem-solving skills. Shape sorting toys are one example. When a child is able to recognize the characteristics of a square, he/she can match it with the square hole on the toy. Shape recognition can also come in handy when putting together puzzles.
Flat Shapes games for Kindergarteners
There are a number of flat shape games for kindergartners that are not only fun to play but also great learning resources such as the following:
Mathlingo is a math app which has a number of lessons to teach your child. Combining knowledge and fun, the app is themed underwater with a highly interactive home page with submarines to represent the many options- addition, subtraction, and geometry. The geometry section covers learning shapes, matching shapes, and identifying 3D objects. A number of questions are posed to the end user which entices your child to dig deep and apply all that he/she has picked up as part of a school or home activity/lesson.
There are counting lessons, matching lessons and so on which comprehensively cover each aspect of geometry in a fun and unique manner. The Mathlingo website is a dedicated resource of blog posts, reviews and the like.
- Education.com: 2D and 3D Shape Sort
This unique game helps kids identify the differences between flat objects and three-dimensional shapes. The game begins with an encouraging narrator explaining the differences between flat objects and three-dimensional objects. The aim of the game is to sort each shape and place it in its respective box- either the two-dimensional ones or the three-dimensional ones.
It is a wonderful game centered on the protagonist Muggo who has to clean up! It is perfect for introducing early learners to complex geometrical figures such as pyramids, cylinders, cubes, as well as flat shapes in kindergarten such as squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles.
Shapes by ABCya. Com is a fun educational game which enables children to learn the basic properties of flat shaped geometric figures. Children are taught to practice by looking for differences as well as similarities between shapes so as to complete puzzles. The levels keep increasing in difficulty as children complete a particular stage. The last and final stage introduces symmetry which has a wonderful fun surprise at the end!
Essentially set in a farm outdoors, the game features animal characters working away with their trucks, and spades! A list of shapes is presented to the end user who then has to match each one with the grid provided on the screen. Unique, and interactive, the game definitely leaves you wanting more while imparting knowledge of the basics of geometry.
Of course, geometry is not a very simple concept to grasp which is why it might seem challenging for your child at first. Here are a few tips that might help you overcome these challenges:
- Keep in mind that these games and activities are merely boosters or additional resources to help your child with geometry. It is important that he/she develops a strong foundation in school or home before applying the acquired knowledge to these games.
- When teaching your child, it is important to help them draw connections between similar and different objects. This helps them to have a clear map in their heads.
- Educational material for geometry is aplenty on the internet, with both free and paid versions of games available. Be sure to filter out the good ones so that your child stands to gain from these games and activities.
Make use of these games and activities to make learning for your child fun and enjoyable!