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Pantry Sort 2

Look through the pantry with your child. Discuss with her the attributes of the 3-dimensional shapes, such as how many sides a box has.

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Extending this activity

  • -Use one of the boxes and a marker to number the sides of the rectangular prism. This will reinforce the idea that there are six sides.

    -Introduce two additional three dimensional shapes: sphere and cone. Challenge your child to find items around the house in those shapes. (Examples of sphere: orange, baseball, golf ball, etc. Examples of cones: ice cream cone, birthday hat, etc.)

Adjust for an older child

After the activity, ask the child to find other rectangular prisms (boxes) and cubes in the house.

Adjust for a younger child

Words like 'rectangular prism' and 'cube' may be too difficult for younger children. Instead, just talk about the attributes of the shapes. For example, you can count the number of sides and point out that each side is a rectangle.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Geometry

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