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Cutting and Coloring

Teaching shapes with drawing skills and finger dexterity practice

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Draw with an orange crayon a rectangle, triangle, circle, and square on white paper
  • Child colors inside the lines of each shape with an orange crayon
  • Cut out each shape, helping if needed
  • Place all 4 shapes on a table 
  • Ask child to remove circle, then triangle, next the square and finally the rectangle
  • Ask child to place on the table first a square, then a triangle, next a rectangle, and finally circle

Simplify

If cutting is difficult, help child tear the shapes out.

Extend

Let child tell the adult which shape to remove - circle, rectangle, triangle or square.  Have some fun and perhaps remove the wrong shape and see if child can "catch" you.

Materials

  • orange crayon
  • white paper
  • scissors

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favourite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)

ABCDEFG   HIJKLMNOP  QRSTUV  WXYZ 

Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.