We have been working on shapes at school, and I determined that our math program, Engage New York, doesn't do nearly enough to help my kids learn their shapes. I also wanted to make learning about shapes fun and hands on. I wanted them to find shapes in the world around them and use shapes to make things too. I feel like we don't get the opportunity to let our kids be creative enough with our current school climate, so I was really excited to let my kids just have the opportunity to be creative!
So I decided we were going to make Shape Creatures!
I used our Ellison die cut machine to cut out a ton of shapes on construction paper. We have a few dies that have different sizes of squares, triangles, circles, and rectangles. We also had some larger sized Ellison shape dies, so I cut out a bunch of those as well. I put a ton of shapes in a basket at each table, and provided each student with a big white piece of paper for mounting their creature. You could also use a die cut machine, such as a Silhouette or Cricut, or just cut out shapes the old fashioned way.
Once I got all the materials prepped and ready, I just let them go to town, using as many shapes as they wanted. I also put some scrap papers out just in case they wanted to cut out shapes for arms or legs or hair or whatever. This is totally against my Type-A, has to be in control of everything, personality.
But I let go.
And they got creative!
Once they finished making their creatures, they counted how many of each shape they had used on their creation.
Then they filled out a sheet with how many of each shape they had used to create their creatures.
Then they decorated their creatures with some crayons to create lips and hair, if necessary.
I love how unique each one is!
I love how easy this activity is to prepare! Just cut out some shapes and let them go to work! I loved watching them be creative with their creatures.
Looking for more shape activities? I have many more activities for flat and solid shapes in this shapes pack.