Friday, August 5, 2011

Ovals


Book Suggestions:

Ovals by Sarah Schuette
Ovals by Julia Vogel
Oval by Anne-Maria Kishel
Curious George Shapes by H.A. Rey
SkippyJon Jones Shape Up by Judy Schachner
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Wash

Activities:

Oval Hunt:
Description: Show a picture of an oval to your toddler. Talk about its shape. Take a walk around your house or outside and find ovals with your little one. (You can even collect things that are oval as you find them) Count them when you are finished.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to count

Oval Tear Art:
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Draw on oval shape onto a piece of construction paper and cut it out. Show the shape to your toddler and see if they can name the shape. You and your toddler can tear small piece of different color construction paper and glue each torn piece onto the oval shape to create fun tear art.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop their motor skills, teach your tot to recognize colors, teach your tot to recognize shapes

The Shape Song:
Materials: construction paper (purple, blue, white, red, yellow), popsicle sticks, glue
Description: Cut out a purple circle, a blue square, a white triangle, a red rectangle, and a yellow oval. Your toddler and help you glue a Popsicle stick to each of these shapes. When the glue dries, Show each shape to your toddler and see if they can identify the shape and color. Sing the Shape Song (words are below under Songs and Fingerplay) and hold up each shape as you sing about it.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot to recognize colors

Oval Face:
Materials: construction paper, glue, yarn
Description: Cut out a large oval shape (as the face), two small circles, one square, two triangles and one rectangle. Show these shapes to your toddler and have them identify each shape. Explain to them that many faces are oval shaped. Let your toddler glue the smaller shapes onto the oval to create a face. They can glue yarn to the top of the oval to make hair.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to identify shapes, teach your tot to identify colors, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot to identify parts of their face, teach your tot to develop motor skills

Oval Leaves:
Materials: leaves, glue, paper
Description: Take your little one outside and talk about the leaves with them. Leaves come in all different shapes and sizes. Try to find and collect oval shaped leaves with your little one. Bring them in and glue them to a piece of paper to make a leaf collage. Count the leaves and talk about their colors and what ones are big and what ones are small.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to find shapes in nature, teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot to appreciate the world around them, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to recognize colors

Counting Ovals:
Materials: Sidewalk Chalk
Description: Draw 10 ovals on the sidewalk. Write the numbers 1-10 in each oval. Have your toddler stand in oval number 1 and jump to each oval, counting as they jump.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot to recognize numbers, teach your tot to count, teach your tot to be active, teach your tot motor skill development

Textured Ovals:
Materials: paper, scissors, glue, sand, pom-poms, aluminum foil, play dough
Description: Cut out several ovals from paper before beginning this activity. You and your toddler can make a variety of ovals that are each a different texture. Spread glue all over one oval and sprinkle sand on one.. Glue pom-poms or cotton balls to another and pieces of aluminum foil to another. When the glue dries, talk with your toddler about how each oval feels.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development

Oval Mobile:
Materials: coat hanger, yarn, hole punch
Description: As your toddler creates ovals throughout the week, punch a hole in each one and tie a piece of yarn through it. Hang the ovals from a coat hanger. As your child makes each new oval add it to the mobile. Every time an oval is added, count them and talk about their colors and size.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot language development

Lace Ovals:
Materials: heavy paper, hole punch, shoe string
Description: Cut a large oval out of a heavy piece of paper (cardstock would work well). Punch holes around the entire ova, close to the edge. Your toddler can lace the oval by putting a shoe string (or a piece of yarn with tape tied around the ends) in and out of the holes. You might want to help them get started.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to recognize shapes

Painting Eggs:
Materials: hard boiled eggs, paint, paintbrushes
Description: Decorating eggs isn't just for Easter! Hard-boil several eggs. When they cool let your toddler touch the eggs and feel the oval shape in their hands. Give your little one some paint and let them create beautifully painted eggs. When they eggs dry you could even do an oval egg hunt!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to recognize shapes in the world around them

Paint Chip Ovals:
Materials: a variety of different color paint chips (bigger ones work best. I used the Disney ones with only 2 colors on a chip.)
Description: Paint chips have so many uses! We love them in our house. Gather a variety of paint chips from your local home store and cut them into oval shapes. Together you and your toddler can count them, talk about their colors, talk about light and dark colors, sort them, or even use them for the oval hunt in the activity above.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot to recognize colors, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to recgonize light and dark colors, teach your tot to sort, teach your tot language development

Songs and Fingerplays:

Ovals
(Sung to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush)

Eggs, faces, and leaves
are oval shaped you see.
They have no corners or lines.
Ovals are so much fun to me.

5 Little Ovals:

5 little ovals sitting on the floor.
One rolled away, now there are 4.

4 little ovals, underneath a tree.
One rolled away, now there are 3.

3 little ovals, not knowing what to do.
One rolled away, now there are 2.

2 little ovals, having so much fun.
One rolled away, now there is only 1.

1 little oval, lying in the sun.
It rolled away, now there are none.

The Shape Song:
(sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Shapes, shapes, shapes
Shapes, shapes, shapes
I see a circle
It is round, it has no end.
It is purple

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
I see a square.
It has four sides, four corners too.
It is blue.

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
Shapes, shapes, shapes
I see a triangle.
It has three corners and three sides.
It is white.

Shapes, shapes, shapes
Shapes, shapes, shapes
I see a rectangle.
Two sides are short, two are long.
It is red.

Shapes, shapes, shapes
Shapes, shapes, shapes
I see an oval.
There are no lines on this fellow.
It is yellow

Online Fun:

Coloring:
Check out http://www.coloring.ws/ for a free printable oval coloring page.

Games:
Visit http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/games/i_love_shapes/i_love_shapes.html for this fun game all about shapes:

Snacks and Recipes:

Oval Cookies:
Ingredients: cookie dough, Easter egg cookie cutter, icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips etc.
Directions: Have your toddler help you make the cookie dough according to packaging directions and cut the dough out using the Easter egg cookie cutters. Bake the cookies. When the cookies cool, let your toddler decorate them using icing, sprinkles, chocolate chips etc.

Oval Sandwiches:
Materials: bread, sandwich meat or pbj, Easter egg cookie cutter
Description: Allow your toddler to help you make their favorite sandwich. Use an Easter egg cookie cutter to cut the sandwich into a fun oval shape. This makes lunch time much more fun!

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