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Oval

Transforming shapes using pipe cleaners/rubber bands

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Use a pipe cleaner to make a circle shape
  • Change the circle into an oval by stretching with fingers
  • Let child change the circle to an oval while saying the shape name
  • Repeat making a circle with a wide rubber band 
  • Next change the rubber circle shape into an oval shape

Simplify

Demonstrate with adult's fingers and pipe cleaners and rubber band how to change from circle to oval. Let child copy your actions with his own pipe cleaner and rubber band.

Extend

Ask child to say the name and sound of the letter that begins the word "oval" (o).  Ask child to say the name and sound of the letter that makes the last sound in the word "oval" (l)

Materials

  • pipe cleaner
  • wide rubber band

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - White
  • Number - Eight, 8
  • Alphabet Letters - W, N
  • Senses - Taste
  • Character Trait - Self-Control
  • Target Words - Good-night, Sweet, Sour, Next

Monthly Proverb

Dutch - A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains

Did You Know?

" Approximately two-thirds of parents surveyed would like information about ways to support children’s early reading and school readiness skills, ways to help children’s social-emotional development and how to use positive discipline." Washington Early Learning System

Books to Read

"Black and White Rabbit’s ABC"
by Alan Baker (Activity 9)

"Goodnight Moon"
by Margaret Wise Brown (Activity 14) (audio book available)

"Cars and Trucks and Things that Go"
by Richard Scarry (Activity 26)

Music Playlist

"Alphabet Medley"
by Sharon, Lois & Bram Album: Sing A to Z (Activity 1)

12 Variations on “Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman” K.265 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) Mozart"
by George Szell; Cleveland Orchestra Album: Mozart: Piano Concertos K. 467 & 537; Variations K.265 (Activity 20)

"10 Crunchy Carrots"
by Charlotte Diamond Album: 10 Carrot Diamond (Activity 6)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Singing Time

(Activity 23 Month 10)

I wake up in the morning early 

And always the very first thing  

I poke up my head and I sit up in bed 

And I sing and I sing, and I sing.

 (This poem was memorized and recited each morning in our family.  Use this poem or find your own for your wake-up routine.)