Squares, circles, triangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders and spheres!
By the end of Kindergarten, Common Core State Standards require that kids be able to identify and describe shapes as well as analyse, compare, create and compose them.
In Forest Kindergarten we talk a lot about the different shapes that we see every day. One of the ways we incorporate shape building and shape recognition into our daily routine is by going on a shape scavenger hunt!
It's a blast.
We start by dividing into three groups. Each group finds a part of the woods to build and hide their shapes in. After about ten minutes of shape building we all gather together and each team leads the whole group to their "shape territory" to help their friends find the hidden shapes there.
It is delightful to see the different ways each group builds their shapes. Some are of sticks and leaves, some are hidden in the trees, and others are carefully laid out on the forest floor.