Monday, May 24, 2010

Mom Project: Shape Town

The visual discrimination file folder game I made last night was SO successful today that I thought I'd try another one. My son exclaimed, "Wow! Beautiful!" this morning when he saw the butterfly visual discrimination game. I'm hoping for a similar reaction tomorrow. :)


The purpose of this file folder game is to match the shapes. It will promote discussion about colors, shapes, and sizes. Games like this that are kind of like puzzles also build hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills.

Materials Needed: Markers, 4 pieces of cardstock, a Shape Town template (you can download our template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/55560443/Shape-Town-File-Folder), scissors, tape (or glue), and a file folder.

Directions:
1. Print out the Shape Town template onto cardstock.


I didn't have any white cardstock, so my task was a little more difficult. I printed the two pages of shapes onto regular printer paper and then later had to mount all of the shapes onto cardstock to make them thicker.


2. Color all of the shapes. I colored my town shapes so that they matched the cut out shape pieces on pages 3-4.


3. Cut out the shapes. If you used cardstock, you're done with that (much easier!).


4. I mounted all my cut out shapes to cardstock with tape and then cut them all out again (So annoying! I need to buy more white cardstock tomorrow!).


5. Tape or glue the Shape Town pages to the inside of the file folder. If you'd like add velcro to the pieces to make sticking them on and keeping them in place even easier.


6. Start the game! Have your little one match the cut out shape pieces to the corresponding shape in Shape Town. I would recommend laminating all the pieces and the file folder before you play with this too much.



Language Building Activities:

You can work on receptive language skill building by spreading all the cut out shapes on the floor and asking your child questions or giving them hints to find specific shapes- for example, "Can you find the big yellow circle?"... or "where is the circle that goes on top of the orange rectangle?"... or "Can you put the little green circle next to the orange circle?"

Talking about the shapes, colors, and sizes and modeling complete sentences for your child are all great ways to build expressive language skills.

You can find other fun shape activities here.

25 comments:

  1. jershon loves shapes so when we saw this on ur blog.he wanted to make it right away.

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  2. hi, i really want to do this with my baby, may i have the printout file ? thanks.
    sarana.wang@gmail.com

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  3. Great blog! Found you through theBook (facebook) with Teach Preschool. I too would like a copy of this file. nikoli2000@yahoo.com

    Love the activities and I look forward to doing many of them with my 2 year old son! Thanks so much for sharing your family time with us!

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  4. I love the folder games you've done!! So cute, can't wait to get my 2 yo onto them. I'd love a copy of the files! le.tigerlily@gmail.com thank you!!!

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  5. Wow! I really like the shape town, I would a copy of the file please. coco0428@yahoo.com Thank you!!!

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  6. Can I have a copy of this please :)
    maraleeseeley@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  7. Can I have a copy of the file please? miriam_hickey@hotmail.com

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  8. I love this! Please send me a copy! a_martin_89@hotmail.com

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  9. This is awesome. I'd love a copy deliciousambiguityblog@gmail.com. Also just wanted to let you know that you were linked up in my IDEA BOX here:
    http://www.mydeliciousambiguity.com/2010/09/idea-box-shapes.html

    Thanks!

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  10. And this one. :) Thank you for your blog. I found it recently when I quit my job. I follow you on Google Reader. Thanks for all you do!

    nicolerichins(at)gmail.com

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  11. This is great, I would love to do this with my daugther. Could have a copy.
    kristinademoline@gmail.com

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  12. This is really a great activity. I'd love to have a copy of it too.

    wayoutinthedesert@hotmail.com

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  13. I would like a shape town template.

    amie.s.terry@aggiemail.usu.edu

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  14. I've been searching your site since yesterday when I found you and you have so many wonderful ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! Can I please have a copy for my son.

    sjkram@hotmail.com

    THANK YOU!!!

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  15. Okay, I just found your site and am loving all your ideas! Would it be possible to get a copy of shape town also? Thanks so much!

    jolieklassen@gmail.com

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  16. Please send a copy of your shape town for my preschool class. Thanks

    laura6198@yahoo.com

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  17. Please send a copy.. i love this!! :) hunnybee21@hotmail.com

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  18. I would love a copy of the template!

    amy@amjon.com


    Thanks!

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  19. Hi! I would love a copy of the Shape Town template. Thanks so much!
    kimsellingstuff@gmail.com

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  20. Hi,

    Could I please have a copy of this Shape Town template?? aowen02@hotmail.com

    Thanks!

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  21. Could I please have a copy of this shape town. heiksm@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your interest! I email you, but you can also download the template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/55560443/Shape-Town-File-Folder

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    2. wow... meant to say, "I emailed you"- struggling with typing today!

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  22. could i have a copy too walfonso@tvdsb.on.ca

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    1. I tried to email it to you, but your email got bounced back. You can also download the template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/55560443/Shape-Town-File-Folder

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