Thursday, August 23, 2012

Making Crayon Shapes- Back to School Basics

I'm getting ready for a weekend of camping and floating down the American River with about 40 teenagers, so we haven't been doing nearly enough fun things this week (just lots of errands). Fortunately my creative son keeps us going with some of his inventions. Today's activity was all him and he was so excited when I wanted to take pictures of him doing it to share with you!

All you need are some crayons, a flat surface, and your imagination.

There are a gazillion children's books that teach about shapes, so it is fun to read one of those first to review the different shapes that you could be making.

Two of our favorite books are...

Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet (touch and feel book that my toddlers LOVES... and so does the preschooler)

The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns

After my son made each crayon creation the toddler had to get in on the action and swat at them and knock them out of place. At first my son was really annoyed by what she was doing (so that gave us a good opportunity for us to chat and him to teach her to ask first)... but after she got started, he thought it was fun to knock them around too. Pretty soon we had crayons rolling all over the kitchen.

(forgive my little cutie only in her diaper... she'd just made a disaster of her clothes during breakfast)

This activity was so simple and easy but a great one for reviewing (or teaching) about shapes!!

Do you have any other favorite simple shape activities or crafts?

I loved this stretchy band shapes activity over at I Can Teach My Child yesterday.

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1 comment:

  1. This is such a fun idea. Would be great for a class to do as a back to school activity. Vicky from


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