Shapes are one of the first mathematical skills that children learn. During the preschool years, children are introduced to the basic shapes, including the rectangle. Whether you're teaching an early childhood class or your own child about rectangles, one way to help promote recognition of the shape is with different craft activities.
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Have the children create rectangle collages. Provide the children with a variety of different sized and coloured rectangles cut out of construction paper or craft foam. Ask the children if they can identify the shape and then encourage them to glue the shapes onto construction paper. Kids may create random collages or they can try to design pictures of actual items. Have them use crayons, markers or paint to further embellish their rectangle collages.
Children can assemble pictures of robots made from rectangles. Cut out small, medium and large sized rectangles from grey construction paper. Instruct the children to glue a large rectangle longways to a piece of construction paper; this will serve as the body of the robot. Two short rectangles glued on either side of the upper portion of the body will serve as the arms of the robot and two rectangles affixed to the bottom of the body serve as the robot's legs. To create a head for their robots, have the children glue a medium sized rectangle to the top of the body. After assembling the robot, have the children decorate their creations with crayons and markers.
Children can review the rectangle shape while decorating a box to hold their treasures. Provide the kids with a rectangular cardboard jewellery box, construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons, markers and stickers. Help the children wrap the lid and the base of the rectangular box with construction paper. After their boxes are covered with construction paper, invite them to use the crayons, markers and stickers to decorate their boxes. The children may fill their rectangular treasure boxes with anything they like.
In this craft activity, children use a variety of rectangle-shaped items to create paintings. Set out different sized rectangular sponges, dominoes, blocks, stencils and any other items you can think of that are shaped like rectangles that can be dipped into paint. Fill paper plates with shallow layers of paint and instruct the children to dip the rectangular objects into the paint and then press them onto paper to create abstract geometric paintings.
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