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Rectangle

Making a rectangle with straws

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Gather 6 straws, cutting two of them in half
  • Using the straws, show how to make a rectangle (a figure whose opposite sides are parallel and are the same size and shape)
  • Let child copy the rectangle with his straws
  • Show both a vertical and horizontal rectangle
  • Encourage child to make rectangles
  • Place straws on top of playdough or a towel to prevent rolling

Simplify

Trace next to the straws to make a rectangle with a pencil.  Let child place straws on top of the drawn lines.  Draw a vertical rectangle and a horizontal rectangle for child to place the straws on top of the lines.

Materials

  • 6 straws
  • scissors
  • play dough (optional)
  • towel (optional) 

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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

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"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 

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