Thursday, July 11, 2013

Throwback Thursday and MaTh activity Thursday: Seeing shapes

I'm back with my MaTh activity Thursday after a break due to the 4th of July last week.

For this week, I had an activity to do with little ones--ages 4-7.

Seeing Shapes

Have your child help you take a photo of an area in your house or wherever you are... like these

Then see how many shapes you can see in your picture(s).

  • How many circles are there?
  • How many rectangles?
  • How many squares?
If you wanted you could even print out your picture and have them draw a line around the shapes as they count them.

For children 6 and 7 they might even be able to do a 3D shape scavenger hunt finding spheres, rectangular prisms, cubes, cylinders, and pyramids.

Remember that you can link up a math post to this MaTh activity Thursday at the bottom of this post for the next few days : ).

Thanks for Throwback Thursday that helped me think of today's MaTh activity Thursday!  I had done this rectangle post in the past and a few people said they really enjoyed it.  It is more geared toward 3rd through 5th graders.  Thank you Cara for hosting a fun linky party!

Here is my original post from April of this year....
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A rectangle is one of my favorite shapes--probably because they are everywhere!

  • Draw a rectangle on graph paper.
    • How many other shapes can you draw inside it?  A square, more rectangles, triangles, circles.
    • What is the area inside the rectangle?
    • What is the perimeter measurement.
  • Go into one room in your house.
    • Estimate how many rectangles are in the room.
      • Write or draw on a piece of paper how many things in the room are made of rectangles. (For example a bookcase--and how many rectangles does it have in it--the shelves and the books)
    • Is the room a rectangle?  Can you find the area of the room?
Can you find 20 rectangles around you in 30 seconds or less?  Hint: you're already staring at one reading this.

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