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Guess My Shape

Can your child guess your shape? Give her verbal descriptions of two-dimensional shapes. For example, "My shape has four equal sides."

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Extending this activity

  • -Read the book "Round is a Mooncake" by Roseanne Thong. Encourage the child to find the shapes throughout the story.

    -As the child becomes more comfortable with the activity, add additional geometric terms to the clues, such as symmetrical, flip, slide, and turn. For example: "Close your eyes and imagine a rectangle standing up like a door. Now rotate it. Now imagine a triangle on top. Use your paper to draw what you see in your mind.”

Adjust for an older child

Increase the complexity of the questions and have the child draw what she sees. For example: “Visualize a circle in your mind, now cut it in half. Cut the half in half again. Draw what you see.” Or, “Picture a rectangle in your mind. Draw what you see. Now, in your mind turn, or rotate, the rectangle. Draw what your rectangle looks like now.”

Adjust for a younger child

Ask the child to close his eyes and think of a square. Once he opens his eyes, ask him to find a square in the room. Continue this process with a rectangle and a circle.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Geometry

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One thought on “Guess My Shape

  1. It’s good that the kids are having fun visualizing,organizing, and guessing words because it’s a fundamental challenging environment that we deal in the real world today.

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