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Think Outside the Box

Explore geometry with a boxy sculpture.

Learning Benefits

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Fine Motor Skills
Independent Thinking

What you need:

  • cardboard boxes, milk or egg cartons, cereal boxes, shoeboxes, and paper towel rolls
  • paint
  • crayons
  • glue
  • construction paper
  • scissors

What to do:

  1. To start, go on a materials hunt around your home for interestingly shaped items.
  2. After he has collected his "treasures," talk to your child about what he would like to make: A robot? A building? A self-portrait? Or would he just like to experiment with the items and create an "abstract" sculpture?
  3. Together, cut out shapes, paint the boxes, and put it all together. As you work, encourage your child to put the shapes together in different ways. Also help your child notice if his creation is symmetrical or if he is creating a color or shape pattern.
  4. When he finishes, challenge your child to name all the shapes and colors he sees. He can also name his creation!

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