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Coloring within the lines while learning shapes

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  • You will need a box of crayons and a sheet of white paper
  • With a black crayon, draw these 5 shapes in front of the child, naming the shape as you draw - heart, star, rectangle, circle and triangle
  • Ask the child to color inside the shapes with the following colors:

heart - green

star - orange

rectangle- blue

circle - red

triangle - yellow

  • Reverse roles by asking the child to draw the shapes with a black crayon  - triangle, circle, square, rectangle, star and heart on the paper
  • Let the child tell you which color should be used to fill in each shape (the color choices do not need to match the colors you originally gave for the shapes)

Simplify

Instead of drawing all five shapes at the same time, draw only one shape at a time.  After the shape is drawn, tell the child what color crayon should be used to fill in the space. Encourage the child to fill in the whole shape and not leave any white spaces.

Click here to use these shape templates for the child to color

Extend

Filling in each shape with the correct color is the goal.  Tell the child two or three shapes and colors to color at the beginning to see if they can remember without asking again.  Make it more challenging by stating all five shapes and colors to use at the beginning and watch how the child proceeds.  Also, encourage the whole shape to be filled in without leaving any white spaces.

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Can you name some shapes you see in this room?

How can you tell the difference between a triangle and a rectangle?

Materials

  • box of crayons
  • white paper

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Black
  • Number - Seven, 7
  • Alphabet Letters - J, I
  • Sense - Smell
  • Character Trait - Courage
  • Target Words - Long, Little, Short, Small

Monthly Proverb

Chinese - If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through

Did You Know?

"Before children enter elementary school, they must develop many linguistic and cognitive skills that will make later academic learning possible. By the age of five, however, children differ markedly in their success in reaching these developmental goals." Entwisle & Alexander, 1993

Books to Read

"The Little Engine That Could"
by Watty Piper, Illustrator Loren Long (Activity 12) (audiobook available)

"My Very First Mother Goose"
with Ioa Opie Editor and Rosemary Wells Illustrator (Activity 26)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions "
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions" VIDEO
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Little Engine that Could" VIDEO
by Watty Piper (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)" VIDEO
by the Hit Crew, Album: Drew’s Famous Music for Summer Games and Activities (Activity 13)

"Teeth"
by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
by Ella Jenkins, Album: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (Activity 9)

My Country 'Tis of Thee
by Aretha Franklin (Activity 13)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Jack and Jill

(Activity 19 Month 9)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.