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Create Me Piece - Shapes

Through open ended art children will not only ignite their creativity, but enhance their geometry, spatial awareness, color recognition, and fine motor skills.

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Let's explore shapes, colors, and creativity through art!

As a child creates visual arts, they are enhancing their cognitive and critical thinking skills. With intentional guidance and scaffolding, language and recognition can be further developed. 

The arts is an integral part of early childhood, and the more open-ended opportunities a child experiences, the more creative they become.

Materials

For this developmental activity you will need:

Construction Paper 

 

Shape Cut Outs 

Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Tempera Pain Sticks, Oil Pastels 

Scissors 

Glue 

Shape Stickers

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognitive

Skills

Fine motor skills

Indicators:

Using fine motor skills

Recognizing shapes and colors

Geometry and Spatial Sense 

Visual Arts 

Curiosity 

Initiative 

Risk Taking 

Attention Engagement and Persistence 

Memory and Reflection

Instructions

Step 1:

Offer each child a paper and coloring materials. 

Step 2:

Encourage the children to make marks on the paper. 

Step 3:

Offer each child a circle cutout and tag square. Let the children make marks on them with the markers as well. Help the children name each shape.

Step 4:

Glue both shapes to the orange paper and save for tomorrow.

Step 5:

Print and bring out the Create Me Piece. Look at the image with the children. What do they see? Help point out the different shapes, as needed.

Step 6:

Offer the children a shape sticker and a rectangle sticker, or a rectangle cut from construction paper, to add to their paper. The children may place them on top of the other shapes or overlap them. 

Step 7:

Offer each child two white weaving strips. Cut the weaving strips in half. Create a frame by gluing the four pieces together.

Step 8:

Let the children move the frame around the paper and see what shapes they capture in the opening.

Step 9:

When the children are done exploring, help them glue the frame to the center of their paper. The intention is to capture some of the shapes, not frame the whole paper.

Step 10:

Display the completed pictures and compare them to the Create Me Piece.

Playful Questions

What colors are you using?

Which shapes do you see?

How many colors did you use?

How many shapes are in you picture?

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