Friday, February 11, 2011

Triangles

Next week's theme is all about triangles.

Book Suggestions:

Triangles by Sarah L. Schuette
Shape Up by David A. Adler
Party of Three by Christianne C. Jones
Triangles Around Town by Nathan Olson
Triangles by Marybeth Lorbiecki
Baby Eyelike: Triangles by Play Bac Publishing
Preschool Skills: Colors and Shapes by Flash Kids Editors


Activities:

Draw Triangles:
Description: Your toddler can practice drawing triangles in many different ways. Here are some ideas:
Draw triangles with a stick or finger in the sand.
Draw triangles in shaving cream.
Use markers or crayons to draw triangles on paper.
Draw triangles on the sidewalk using chalk.
Use your finger to draw imaginary triangles in the air.
Draw triangles in flour.
Draw triangles in pudding.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, motor skill development, draw shapes, enhance creativity and imagination


Triangle Collage:
Materials: any kind of paper, glue, scissors
Description: Cut out a variety of shapes, making sure to include several triangles, from any kind of paper (construction paper, newspaper, magazines etc). Have your toddler pick out all the triangles from the variety of shapes. Next, your toddler can glue all their triangles to a piece of paper, making a triangle collage.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, enhance creativity, motor skill development


Triangle Face:
Materials: construction paper, glue, scissors
Description: Cut several different size triangles out of construction paper. (A large triangle for the face, medium triangles for the ears and eyes, and small triangle for the nose). Have your toddler glue the triangles together to make a face. Talk about the color, shape and sizes of the triangles as you do this activity. Your toddler can add details such a mouth and eyebrows to their triangle face also.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, shape recognition, enhance creativity
Triangle Hunt:
Description: Go for a triangle hunt in your house or in your backyard. Triangles can be found everywhere. Search for them in nature or within your own house. When you find one, talk about its color. Count the sides and corners. Triangles always have three sides and three corners.
Skills Targeted: discover shape in nature, shape recognition, sensory development, language development



Stamp Triangles:
Materials: Sponge, scissor, clothes pin, paint, paper
Description: Cut a sponge into the shape of a triangle. Attach a clothes pin to the back of the triangle (this will be used as a handle for the sponge stamp). Allow your toddler to dip the sponge in paint and stamp triangles onto a piece of paper.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, enhance creativity, motor skill development



Triangle Fish:
Materials: Construction paper, glue, scissors
Description: You and your toddler will have fun making fish out of triangles. Check out the example at DLTK Kids.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, enhance creativity, motor skill development, language development

Playdough:
Materials: playdough
Description: Practice making triangles out of playdough with your child. If they have a hard time making the shape themselves, create a triangle for them to see and hold. Count the sides and corners with them.
If you have a triangle cookie cutter, your toddler can cut triangles into playdough as well.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, motor skill development, sensory development, enhance creativity and free play



Sort Triangles:
Materials: construction paper, scissors
Description: Cut a variety of triangles out of construction paper. Be sure to make at least three or four of each color. You and your toddler can practice sorting using these triangles. Have your toddler find all the blue triangles and put them into a pile. Next, they can find all of the red triangles and put them together. Continue this activity until they have sorted all the triangles into colors. You could also extend this activity and have your toddler sort the triangles by size. (Simply cut 3 or 4 big, medium, and small triangles and have your toddler find the ones that go together.)
Skills Targeted: color recognition, shape recognition, compare and contrast, motor skill development, language development



Triangle Puzzle:
Materials: construction paper or heavy cardstock, scissors
Description: Cut 4 triangles that are all the same size and all have three equals sides. Show these to your toddler. Have your toddler name the shape. Count the triangles. Help your toddler put the triangles together to make a square.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, counting, motor skill development, develop logic skills


Sand Table:
Materials: a sand table or large bucket, sand, heavy cardstock paper or foam sheets, scissors
Description: Cut out a variety of triangles from heavy cardstock paper or pieces of foam (found in the craft section at Wal-mart). Fill a sand table or container with sand and bury the triangles. Have your toddler dig and sift through the sand to find all the triangles. Count the triangles as you go. You could also add a variety of other shapes to the sand table and have your toddler sort all the shapes as they find them.
Skills Targeted: shape recognition, motor skill development, sorting, counting


Triangle Toss:
Materials: large cardboard box (a diaper box would work well), scissors, bean bags or balls
Description: Cut a large triangle into a cardboard box and have your toddler practice tossing bean bags or a ball into the triangle opening.
Skills Targeted: Motor skill development, enhance and encourage physical activity, shape recognition Jump in the Triangle:
Materials: Sidewalk chalk
Description: Draw several large triangles on the sidewalk using sidewalk chalk. You and your toddler can practice jumping from triangle to triangle.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, appreciate physical activity, shape recognition, encourage outside play







Songs and Fingerplays:

Do You Know What Shape This Is?
(sung to the tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man)

Do you know what shape this is?
What shape this is?
What shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is,
I'm holding in my hand?

This is a great song to use with the felt board (check out our blog to see how to make your own). Place each different shape on the board while you sing the song and have your toddler tell you the name of the shape.

The Triangle Song:
(sung to the tune of Pop Goes The Weasel)

I am a small triangle,
I have three sides you see.
I also have three corners.
They're just right for me.

Triangles:
(sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Triangles, Triangles,
Have three sides.
Triangles, triangles,
Have three sides.
You draw big triangles in the air.
It is fun to use your fingers and draw them everywhere.

One, Two, Three:
(sung to the tune of London Bridge)

Triangles have three sides,
have three sides
have three sides.
Triangles have three sides.
Count them...1, 2, 3.

Triangles have three corners,
have three corners,
have three corners.
Triangles have three corners,
Count them...1, 2, 3.

Online Fun:

Matching Shapes:
Check out The Kidz Page for a fun shape matching game.

Triangle Game:
Play a triangle game at A Kids Heart.

Recipes:


Triangle Gum Drops and Pretzels:
Found at wondertime.go.

Ingredients:
small pretzel sticks
Gum drops (You could also use mini marshmellows)

Triscuit Triangles:
Triscuits make several flavored triangle crackers. Try these with your toddlers favorite topping (cheese, apples, jelly etc)

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