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Making a Stop Sign

Measuring and cutting to make octagon

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  • Fold a red sheet of paper 8 1/2 by 11 in half.  Measure and cut out a 5 1/2 “ square 
  • Fold 5 1/2 “ square in half (look at the photos)
  • Measure 1 1/2 “ in from unfolded top corner and mark. Repeat with a bottom corner
  • Measure 1 1/2 “ down from unfolded corner and mark. Repeat, measuring 1 1’2” up from a bottom corner
  • Draw line to make a triangle on both outside corners and cut 
  • Open up and cut on the fold to make 2 octagons
  • Write with white chalk the word STOP on the octagon


An adult can cut out the octagon. Have the child count the number of sides of the octagon stop sign (8).


Let the child carefully look at the ruler and markings when cutting out the octagon to see how measurements are made. Encourage the child to find a one-inch mark, two-inch mark, etc. on the ruler. Encourage the child to draw lines using the ruler. 


Why do we need stop signs on roads?

Can you remember a time when your mom or dad told you to stop? Why did they want you to stop?


  • red paper - 8 1/2 x 11 inches
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • white chalk
  • ruler

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle, Square
  • Color - Red
  • Number - Three, 3
  • Alphabet Letters - C, R
  • Senses - Smell
  • Character Trait - Manners
  • Target Words - On, Top, High, Low

Monthly Proverb

Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do to you

Did You Know?

“The human brain is 90% developed by age 5." Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Books to Read

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners"
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"The Alphabet Book"
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
by Jim Aylesworth (Activity 13)

"The Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners" VIDEO
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" VIDEO
by Jan Brett (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"Three Little Birds"
by Bob Marley Album Legend (Reggae) (Activity 6)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express"
Album Starlight Express Original Cast (Broadway - Pop) (Activity 18)

"Clap Your Hands Now"
by Pam Donkin Album A Hop, Skip, and a Jump (Children) (Activity 15)

"Three Little Birds" VIDEO
by Bob Marley (Activity 6)

"Clap Your Hands Now" VIDEO
by Pam Donkin (Activity 15)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express" VIDEO
by Starlight Express Original Cast (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Way Up High In An Apple Tree

(Activity 26 Month 3)

Way up high in the apple tree

Two little apples smiled at me

I shook that tree as hard as I could

Down came the apples

Mmmmmm they were good.

Peter (child’s name) Uses One Hammer

(Activity 21 Month 3)

Peter (use child’s name) hammers with one hammer one hammer one hammer 

Peter hammers with one hammer all day long (tap fist on the floor)

Pater hammers with two hammers, two hammers two hammers (tap other fist too) Peter hammers with two hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with three hammers, three hammers three hammers (add one  foot) Peter hammers with three hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with four hammers four hammers four hammers (tap other  foot too along with fists) Peter hammers with four hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with five hammers five hammers five hammers (use your head)  Peter hammers with five hammers And then he goes to sleep!