We use shapes every day as adults, although we may not realize it. Think about rearranging the furniture, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards or the refrigerator - all done according to the shape of the items in them, and how they will relate to each other. Road signs and markings make extensive use of different shapes, helping us to recognize them before we can actually read them.
Children are expected to know the basic shapes, recognize them and identify how they form part of other items. They may also be expected to be able to draw the shapes - not perfectly, but certainly recognizably. There are many ways to encourage and help your child to learn about shapes.
Because shapes are all around us, it is easy to play 'Find the Shape' at home, in the car, in the store and elsewhere. Select one shape at a time to concentrate on, rather than trying to find all the different shapes.
Make this a fire safety lesson. When you child
identifies a smoke alarm as a CIRCLE shape, this provides a great opportunity to test the alarm to be sure it is
working and make sure your child recognizes the sound of the alarm and knows what to do. Leave the home and go to your outside meeting place.
The RECTANGLE shape can become a re safety lesson, too. When your child
identifies a door or window as a rectangle shape, use this to review escape planning and the importance of knowing two ways out of every room.