From this point on, we will mostly be doing a new theme every two weeks. There are a few one week themes planned here and there. That was the original plan once Grace went to preschool, we just happened to start it off a few weeks ahead of time due to…uh life! HA! So for weeks 25 and 26 our theme was triangles! Here’s all the fun we had with this cool shape.
We started off our week with the book Circle Rolls by Barbara Kanninen. Tired of seeing this book yet? Well Grace is not, and it really is an awesome story to help kids learn different shapes. An example of the text: “Triangle points without any hands.” This book does an amazing job at telling a story with all the shapes’ attributes. I am so amazed when I ask Grace to point to a particular shape, even ones we haven’t focused on yet, and she does every time. Grace is enthralled by this book so expect to keep seeing it with any shape themes in the future! It’s also great for color recognition as all the shapes in the story are different colors as well.
We danced throughout both weeks to Story Bots’ Shapes YouTube videos as well as Pancake Manor’s Shapes YouTube video as well.
Our first activity for our triangle themed weeks, like most of our themes was a triangle sensory bin filled with all things triangle from Grace’s toy collection and around the house. Grace really enjoyed dumping this bin out and sorting through all the pieces and played with this bin almost daily throughout both weeks.
Our next activity was triangle stamping, something we have done a for all our shape themes so far. I just lay out a piece of cardboard to cover our work surface, place a piece of white card stock on top, put some paint on a paper plate and grabbed a few triangle shaped items from our sensory bin that I knew I could clean up easily. Grace lights up and can almost not wait for me to set up an activity like this now! Using our Crayola Kid’s Paint makes clean up a breeze and the finished product was displayed on our refrigerator during the rest of the two weeks.
I’ll be adding all these Shape Stamped Paintings to our binder that already holds Grace’s Color Ziplock Paintings for future reference.
Our next triangle themed activity was making a triangle forest on the back door. So incredibly simple to set up! All I did was cut triangle shapes out of different shades of green card stock (you can use construction paper or foam, I just happen to have lots of card stock), then taped a sheet of clear contact paper, sticky side out, to our back door. I had all the triangle shapes in a tray on the floor and showed Grace we were sticking the triangles to the door. That was it! I called this activity Triangle Forest to show Grace that we can find shapes all around us, and it really did look like a cute little forest when she was done with this activity.
Our next activity for our Triangle theme was using another play set we already had and probably most families already have as well. We practiced fitting different shapes into our fisher price shape sorter. While not exclusively triangles, there are triangles to play with as well as some of the other shapes we’ve already focused on, which made this activity great for a little shape review! We could also call out colors with this activity as well which is a nice bonus. Grace has loved this shape sorter for a while now and she enjoys playing with all the different versions at grandparent’s houses too!
Our last activity for our triangle theme was making triangles out of glow sticks, similar to how we made Squares with popsicle sticks a few weeks back. Again, I did most of the triangle making, but this was a really neat spin since we did this in an almost dark room. Of course Grace wanted to take off with the glow sticks and wave them all around, but at least she saw me making triangles and would hear me say “triangle” over and over again. What was really cool was asking Grace to point to the small triangle or big triangle…Y’all she nailed it! Proud Mama for sure!
That’s it for triangles! We had lots of fun these last few weeks working on another shape! 📐 Now on to another animal theme!
If you’d like to see a sample of how I plan out themes for a week check out the Tot School Schedule 🍍 page!
You can also see a list of this year’s themes on the Tot School Themes ☂️ page!
EVERYDAY a little Grace 🌷