Friday, September 30, 2011

Diamonds

Book Suggestions:

Curious George: Shapes by HA Rey
My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle
Shapes by Christine Coirault
Shapes by Colin Petty
All Around Us: A First Shapes Book by Julie Clough
Diamond in the Snow by Jonathon Emmett
Colors and Shapes by Maureen Roffey

Activities:

Sorting Shapes:
Materials: construction paper, scissors
Description: Cut out several squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, ovals and diamonds from construction paper. Show them to your toddler and see if your child can identify each shape (and color). Help your child sort the shapes into different piles. Count each pile when you are finished. Repeat this activity throughout the week.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot to count, teach your tot more and less

Fly a Kite:
Materials: a diamond shaped kite
Description: Take your toddler outside, this week, to fly a kite. With the great fall breeze, it is a perfect time for flying a kite. Show the kite to your toddler and ask them to identify its shape.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to get moving, teach your tot to enjoy the outdoors, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Make a Kite:
Materials: construction paper, yarn, glue, scissors
Description: Cut out a diamond shape from construction paper and a piece of string for your toddler. Ask your little one to identify the shape (and color). Show them a picture of or read a book about a kite. Your toddler can make their own kite picture by gluing the diamond to a piece of paper and gluing the yarn to it also.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Stamp Diamonds:
Materials: sponge, scissors, paint, paper
Description: Cut a diamond shape from a sponge. Have your toddler dip the sponge into paint, covering the entire diamond and stamp it onto their paper, making diamond prints. Talk about the shape (how many sides does it have? How many corners does it have?).
Skills Targeted: teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot find corners, teach your tot to count

Pattern:
Materials: construction paper (2 different colors), scissors
Description: Cut out several diamond shapes from two different colors of construction paper. Start teaching your little one about simple patterns by having them put the diamonds in a row, alternating colors (Also known as an A B pattern...Ex: red, blue, red, blue etc). Once you have done this together, see if your toddler can put the diamonds in an A B pattern by themselves. Talk about the shape and colors as well.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot simple patterns, teach your tot math skills, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot color recognition

Lace a Diamond:
Materials: cardstock or other heavy paper, hole punch, yarn, tape
Description: Cut out a large diamond shape from heavy paper. Punch holes all around the outside of the diamond. Cut a piece of yarn and tape the ends so that they do not come unraveled. Show your toddler how to thread the yarn through the holes. Have your toddler practice this motor development skill on their own, as you talk about the shape of a diamond. (You could also take out threading shapes from past shape themes and have your toddler practice threading a variety of shapes. See if they can identify each shapes as they do this)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot shape recognition

Diamond Fun:
Materials: craft foam (or construction paper), scissors, empty clean large yogurt container
Description: Cut diamonds from different colors of craft foam (you can use construction paper also. The foam is sturdier but either one will work). Cut a slit in the yogurt container lid. Your toddler will have fun putting the foam diamonds into the slit. Have them count the diamonds as they do this. As they play, see if your toddler can identify the shape and colors of the diamonds. Your child can do this over and over again. See if they can also take the lid off to get the diamonds out and put it back on.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

D is for Diamond:
Materials: construction paper, marker
Description: Cut a large diamond shape from construction paper and write the letter D on it. Show the diamond to your toddler. Talk about the shape. Have your child practice saying the word Diamond over and over again, emphasizing the D sound at the beginning of the word. See if your little one can tell you what sound D makes. Show them the letter D on the diamond. Practice making the D sound with your little one. Hang the diamond up on your refrigerator or somewhere around your house to refer to throughout the week. (As you make these letter/picture cards, keep them. You can hang them up next to each other, or get them all out a few times a week to review and practice letters)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot beginning sounds

Crown for a King or Queen:
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue, glitter, sequences
Description: Cut a strip of construction paper about 3 inches wide and long enough to fit around your toddler's head (You may need to cut two strips and staple them together). Cut a variety of different color diamond shapes from construction paper. Lay the strip of paper flat on the table and have your toddler glue the diamonds onto it. Talk about the shape and color of the diamonds as they are gluing. They can decorate the diamonds by adding glitter or sequences to them also. When all the glue dries, staple the ends together, so that it fits around your toddler's head (you may need to overlap the ends).
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to imagine

Shaving Cream Shapes:
Materials: shaving cream
Description: This is a fun way for your toddler to practice drawing shapes. Squirt some shaving cream on a table top or the tile wall in a shower. Spread it around so that a large portion of the surface is completely covered in shaving cream. You and your toddler and use your fingers to draw each shape. You can wipe the shapes off and practice over and over again. Focus on diamonds, but review all the other shapes as well.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to make shapes, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Songs and Fingerplays:

Diamonds Diamonds Diamonds:
(Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Diamonds diamonds diamonds
Diamonds diamonds diamonds
Have four sides
Diamonds have
four corners too
I like diamonds, do you?

Diamonds diamonds diamonds
Diamonds diamonds diamonds
Lets name diamond things.
Kites are diamonds.
And they can be
found in crowns and rings.

Shapes:
(sung to the tune of Bingo)

There are a lot of shapes I know
Let me name some for you
Square, circle, triangle
Rectangle, oval, diamond too
Shapes are so much fun
for me and you.

Diamond:
(Sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
Hold up a picture of a diamond as you sing this song.

What shape has four corners,
four corners, four corners,
What shape has four corners,
but is NOT a square.

What shape has four sides,
four sides, four sides,
What shape has four sides
But is NOT a square.

What shape is a kite in the sky
kite in the sky, kite in the sky.
What shape is a kite in the sky,
That is flying high?

The shape is a diamond,
a diamond, a diamond.
The shape is a diamond.
Diamonds are so much fun!

Online Fun:

Coloring Fun:
Print this free diamond coloring page from www.Coloring.ws for you toddler to color and decorate. You could also print this and use it to make the kite and lacing diamond (see above in Activities section)

Letter D:

Review Letter D with your toddler here:



Starfall Learn to Read



Recipes and Snacks:

Simple ideas:
Cut cheese into diamonds for a fun snack.
Cut your toddler's favorite sandwich into a diamond for an interesting lunch.

1 comment:

Shonda said...

I love, love, love your site!! So simple and easy layout to find exactly what I need. Your activities are age appropriate and I can easily use them.

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