Activity Plan 4-5: A Room Full of Colors and Shapes
Children will explore their new classroom with this new hunting and matching game.
- Grades: PreK–K
- two sets of cardboard shapes
- books about shapes and colors
Objective: Children will use observation and matching skills as they hunt for pre-cut shapes around the classroom.
In Advance: Create two sets of cardboard shapes of various colors (two blue triangles, two green triangles, two red circles, and so on). Take one set and hide the shapes in places around the room where they won't be too difficult to find. For example, you could put a yellow square among the blocks or put a red triangle on a string around a teddy bear's neck. Keep the other set of shapes aside.
- Share with children books about shapes, such as Jumpstart PreK: Colors, Shapes, and Sizes by Michelle Warrence (Scholastic Inc.). Ask children if they can identify the shapes by name. What do the shapes remind them of? (A rectangle might look like the sandbox, a triangle might resemble a birthday hat, and so on).
- Pass around the set of shapes you created. Encourage each child to hold the shapes and explore them. What do they notice about each? How are they different? How are they similar? Collect the shapes after all children have had a chance to observe them. Put the shapes in a bag or box.
- Invite children to go on a classroom color and shape hunt. Explain that there are different colored shapes hidden around your room and that children can work in pairs to find them. Pass around the bag or box and ask children to choose one of the shapes. Continue passing the bag or box until all the shapes have been chosen.
- Signal children to begin their color and shape hunt. Offer hints that relate to the learning centers ("The blue square is in the place we look at books"). After children have collected all their matches, they should return to their seats.
- Invite each pair of children to share their shape with the rest of the class. Ask them if they can identify the shape and color. Encourage them to share where they found the shape.
Curriculum Connection: Language
Word Colors, Word Shapes. On 4"X6" cards, write out shape words in such a way that they look like the shapes (circle written as a circle, triangle as a triangle, and so on). Use different color markers to write out the letters and create one word/color card for each pre-cut shape. Display the cards one at a time and ask children if they can identify the shapes. Point out that the shape is made by the arrangement of the letters. Set the cards on a table and distribute the pre-cut shapes. Ask children to match the shapes with the cards.
This activity originally appeared in the September, 2001 issue of Early Childhood Today.