At the pre-school stage, many children are developing a mathematical awareness. One of the most fun and rewarding areas to delve into with your child is shape and pattern.
There are a host of rewarding games and activities that you can play with your child to help reinforce and extend their understanding, whilst having loads of fun along the way!
How CBeebies can help
Pay a visit to the Mister Maker pages on the CBeebies website and click on the Mister Maker Magic Paintbox Game. Then select the ‘Picture Stories’ option.
Here you can find simple shapes found in everyday objects such as a circle in a Big Wheel at the funfair, triangular sails on a boat, square windows in a house and rectangles on a train carriage.
You and your child can help decorate the objects by choosing from an amazing variety of art materials - ranging from chalk, paint and rollers, to shells, feathers, pasta, nuts and bolts and glitter!
Let your imaginations run wild whilst having the chance to talk about all the shapes you can spot in the stories.
How to make a magic moment
It’s time to be a shape detective! Simple shapes such as circles, squares, triangles and rectangles are all around us and you can have great fun counting up how many different shapes you can find.
Draw an outline of each shape on a piece of paper then go on a walk to see if you can spot anything the same shape. Look out for things like road signs, windows, doors and wheels on cars.
Write the name of each object you see, or draw what they look like. What shape did you see most often?