Sidewalk Chalk Shapes

Since the weather is still warm-ish, we’ve been taking advantage of our last few days of sidewalk chalk play for the season.  Making use of our shape sorter and a few simple driveway sketches, we were pretty entertained with a little shape matching activity
First, we (okay, mom) drew a few large, simple shapes on the driveway.   

Then, we (okay, Little Brother) identified each one, beginning with “Star.”

“Tri-rangul”

Well, Hello, Big Brother.  Great job matching that square!

Back to the star with the wind in his hair!

“Cirr-cul”

“Dog!”  (Warning:  There are many welcome distractions with this activity…especially if attempting outside.)

Finally, clean-up was just as much fun.

My boys (though twins) are in very different places in terms of their knowledge of shapes.  However, I think this can work well wherever they are in their development.  After our experience,  here are a few suggestions for simplifying or expanding this activity.  
1.  Draw large shapes which are big enough for the kids to stand inside.  Before we brought out the shape sorter, I just gave a few simple directions like, “Okay, who can go stand inside (or on/next to/etc.) to the triangle?”  I found that for one of my little guys, it was very helpful for me to demonstrate what I was saying.  (Meanwhile, the other was already inside the triangle waiting for the next direction.)
2.  Walk the outline of the shapes.  This also worked well for my especially kinesthetic learner.  He seemed to enjoy following (chasing) me around the outline of the shapes.
3.  Give multiple step directions.  On our second outing with this activity, we tried following two and three-step directions such as, “Okay, when I say go, everybody run and stand in the circle.  Okay….Ready? 1…2…3…Go!”  (You may just end up with them running in circles, but at least they are burning some energy, right?)

4.  Pre-match the shapes (as seen above) and ask them to go get the “green square” and bring it to you.  Again, this allows for lots of movement, as well as a color clue for matching.  With my two, we had a bit of “monkey see, monkey do” start to happen, which was great.
Looking for some other matching and moving ideas?  Check out these very pin-worthy activities:
Letter Sound Freeze Dance – Alphabet, sidewalk chalk, and music…another great activity from Meaningful Mama.
Six Shape Activities that Involve Movement – Awesome ideas for little movers from Stay at Home Educator; there is even one which makes use of their beloved toy cars!
Color Shape Match – Another way to use that shape sorter for a simple color-matching activity.

Activity Shared with: Cheerios and Lattes, I Can Teach my Child, For the Kids Friday, Jellibean Journals, Montessori Mondays

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  1. Such simple but clever ideas, will definitely be giving these a go! Stopping by from the Friday Chaos Bloghop to say hello! Am newest follower by GFC. We’d love a follow back?
    Vikki x
    http://www.littlelovesblog.co.uk

  2. Great idea! You also have such great activities that are easy to do with the kids and they really enjoy. I will try this with Ben and Penny. Thanks!

  3. Absolutely LOVE this!!! Looking forward to doing this with our little man once he is bigger! Thanks for coming by and following my little blog, following you back now too!!! Thank you!!
    ~Jenni

  4. Absolutely LOVE this!!! Looking forward to doing this with our little man once he is bigger! Thanks for coming by and following my little blog, following you back now too!!! Thank you!!
    ~Jenni

  5. Great activity ideas! I love sidewalk chalk, probably because I had so much fun with it as a kid combined with the fact that it washes off clean. What fun!

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