I’d never really considered it before SHAPE week for #Imaginationmatters but it would seem that we hadn’t been discussing shapes with Sprog.
This became evident when we did some potato printing at the start of the week and he had very little comprehension of the names of shapes.
So I got my teacher brain into gear and we went right back to basics. I bought a packet of foam sheets a while back and used this as I know it’s much more hard wearing than any paper or card that I could use.
Firstly I introduced Sprog to the shapes, all the same colour so that we weren’t tempted to discuss that instead.
We then tried to play a game of hiding some of the shapes and Sprog trying to guess which ones were missing, I tried this one shape at a time but still he didn’t understand the shapes well enough.
This morphed into a game of matching the larger shapes that I’d cut out with some of the smaller shapes and identifying when they were the same or different.
Since then, we’ve taken them in the 4 hour car journey to Wales and they got used by Sprog and hubby as entertainment and we’ve been talking about shapes a lot more.
We’ve now come to a point where Sprog is able to identify a circle 90% of the time and can say ‘rectangle’, ‘square’ and ‘triangle’. This is definitely an improvement on last week so we’ll keep going I suppose and introduce some more complex games later on.