Activity Plan Mixed Ages: Body Shapes
Children will explore the shape of things as they bend, twist, and turn!
- Grades: PreK–K
Objective: Children will develop social, creative-thinking, and language skills and spatial awareness as they use their bodies to create geometric shapes.
In Advance: Draw the following shapes on separate sheets of drawing paper: triangle, square, rectangle, circle, hexagon, octagon, pentagon, star, and heart.
1 Display the shape drawings and ask children to identify them. Write the name of the shape onto the corresponding drawing.
2 Engage children in a discussion about the different shapes. Ask them to describe how they are similar and how they are different. How many lines do the specific shapes have? Which shapes do you see that do not have straight lines?
3 Invite children to use their bodies to make the different shapes. Begin by holding a triangle or square shape. Ask children to notice how many sides or lines make up the shape. How many children will they need to make the shape? Suggest that three children make the triangle shape. Photograph different groups of children as they make their shapes.
4 Continue the activity by inviting different children to create the other shapes. How many children will they need to make a rectangle? Will it be the same as a square? How about an octagon or pentagon? Can they create a heart shape or a star?
5 Keep the shape drawings and play the game again with the group. Divide them into teams and see which team can make the shape the fastest.
Curriculum Connection: LITERACY
Body Shapes Book. Use the photographs of children making shapes to make a book. Glue the photographs onto separate sheets of paper. Ask each group to write or dictate the name of their shape and something about their experience making the shape. Invite children to make additional pages for the book by including drawings of the shape that they made or finding pictures of things that are the same shape. Bind the pages together and ask children to make a cover and title for the book. Read the book during story time. Include the book as a take-home literacy activity so children can share the activity and learning experience with their families.
The Shape of Things* by Dayle Ann Dodds
The Village of Round and Square Houses by Ann Grifalconi
What Is Round?* by Rebecca Kai Dotlich