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Making a rectangle with straws

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  • 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 the child to make rectangles
  • Place straws on a towel to prevent rolling
  • Click here to watch a video about rectangles


Make a rectangle with the straws on a sheet of paper. Draw lines around the straws. Remove the straws and let the child place straws on top of the drawn lines.  Draw a vertical rectangle and a horizontal rectangle for the child to place the straws on top of the lines.


Encourage a child to go around the home and find items in a rectangle shape. 

Write the word rectangle and let the child count number of letters in the word and say the names of the letters.


Would you rather live on top of a mountain or in a skyscraper and why?

Can you name something you are responsible for doing all the time?


  • 6 straws
  • scissors
  • 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

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 

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

"Head to Toe"
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"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Head to Toe". VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 10)

"Deep in The Swamp". VIDEO
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

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"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favorite 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)

"When The Saints Go Marching In" VIDEO
by Pete Fountain (Activity 2)

"The Noble Duke of York" VIDEO
by Barney's Magical Musical Adventure (Activity 15)

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

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Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)


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