Shape Monster

You Will Need:

  • Pieces of cardboard or used cereal boxes
  • Ready-mix paints
  • Googly eyes or drawn eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors

The Activity:

  • Start with just one shape for the younger children - choose one of the 2 dimensional shapes to begin with either circle, square, rectangle or triangle and cut the shape from used cardboard or boxes.
  • Simply paint the cardboard , using one colour per 2D shape. As you introduce another shape choose a different colour.
  • The adult: cut out a mouth in the corresponding shape.
  • Add some googly or drawn eyes to your shape monster.
  • You’re ready to play!!
  • Collect a selection of objects to place in the mouth of the shape monster
  • Let posting begin - encourage your child to hunt around the house for objects to place through the mouth.
  • Take time to talk about what does fit in the shape monsters mouth and what does not and why?
  • Be led by your child to the length of time this takes.
  • Revisit the activity daily and extend it to further support your child’s understanding of shape.

Extending The Activity:

  • As your child becomes confident with one shape you can introduce another two dimensional shape
  • Make roads in the same dimensional shapes for use with cars

Words to introduce during the activity to support language development

  • Circle
  • Square
  • Triangle
  • Rectangle
  • Corners
  • Point
  • Sides
  • Colours
  • Radius
  • Equal
  • Straight
  • Curved

How this supports your child's learning:

  • Mathematical: naming 2D shapes, talking about the basic properties of shapes e.g. round/ pointy/ straight edges etc, counting
  • Physical: gross motor co-ordination, rotating objects, sorting, fine motor control
  • Creativity: naming colours, patterns; overlapping shapes; exploring shape in the environment

Top Tip:

So simple to make and a way to teach children to recognise, name and sort 2D shapes in a fun and exciting way!

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