Bending Lines

Introduce the concept of line straight and curved with this activity.
By Risa Young

Ages

4-5


What you need:

  • yarn or string
  • scissors
  • large chenille stems
  • glue
  • paper

What to do:

  1. Hold up a large circle and explain that a circle is made of one line. Show how other geometric shapes like a triangle, rectangle, and square are made with a line. Offer more challenging shapes like a pentagon or octagon, holding up the shapes so that your child has a visual model. 
  2. Invite your child to dip yarn into paint and lay it onto paper to create an image. Alternatively, she can bend chenille stems into different geometric shapes and glue the shapes onto a sheet of oak tag paper.
  3. Encourage her to notice the number of "bending lines" each shape has.
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