Discovering the concept of Geometry is so much more fun while playing! Use playdough and toothpicks in this classic, hands-on activity to learn about shapes on a 3 dimensional level. Also check out our Colors and Shapes Ebook)
Shape recognition are an important building block in childens early development because it forms part of visual perception- a skill needed for reading and mathematics, for example. This activity, to name a few:
– Develops literacy and language skills
– Reinforces key math concepts
– Teaches comparisons
– Develop problem solving.
We used homemade playdough and toothpicks to make different shapes. We started out with some 2D shapes and naming them as we went along:
Then we moved onto 3 D shapes and gave them the correct names like cube, cone and cylinder. This way the children learned how to pronounce and recognize the 3 D shape according to the attributes (how many sides, corners) of the shapes. They discovered which shape is the most stable(engineering skills), the triangle of course!
To reinforce the learning experience take everyday items and compare them to the shapes. Here are a few ideas:
A party hat as a cone shape
A ball as a sphere
A can of coldrink as a cylinder
A dice as a cube.
And then of course we just made some funny things as well, creating with the playdough and toothpicks:
A fun way to use playdough and toothpicks to learn about and experience Geometry!