My name is Amanda and I’m honored to be guest posting at I Can Teach My Child. I’m stopping over from Gratefully Growing in Grace where I write about baby, toddler, and preschool activities, as well as crafts, cooking, Christ, and as any good mommy blog includes: cute stories and photos of my children.
I had the idea for this activity almost three months ago and have just never gotten around to doing it with Mini Me, my three year old. I bravely picked a day to finally try it out after a backyard camping adventure with Daddy and before a visit from Papi and Nani. Even with those exciting things on his mind, Mini Me really got into this and, honestly, I was a bit surprised!
This activity was great to practice shapes, numbers, and writing. My plan was to make a shape, count its sides and find the matching number, and practice writing that number.
We gathered our supplies: the foam numbers from our collection of foam letters in the literacy basket, masking tape, our small dry erase board, a dry erase marker and old sock to erase.
First, Mini Me lined up the foam numbers in order.
Next, we used masking tape to tape our first shape to the floor.
Mini Me wanted to walk along the tape shape – a great idea!
Then, we counted the number of sides on the shape and chose the matching foam number.
Finally, we used the dry erase marker and board to write the number of sides on our shape.
I asked Mini Me to choose the next shape to tape on the floor, and he spontaneously turned to our shape window clings for inspiration. A diamond was next!
We continued to have great fun and ended up making several shapes: a triangle, a diamond, an octagon, a pentagon, and a rectangle.
In addition to walking along the shape lines, we also tip toed and crawled. Mommy hopped along one but sadly, there is no photo of that!
Mini Me did get to play photographer as Mommy wrote the number 8 by our octagon and using the camera was a special bonus.
This was a fun activity for both of us that I’m certain we will revisit. It leaves a lot of room for variation, as Mini Me showed me when he wanted to walk along our tape shape lines. I’d love to hear your ideas for how to expand and change it!