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So often activities that the children enjoy doing can be beneficial in different ways besides them having fun. They may think they are just having some painting time but in fact they are learning about other things too. In the activity below, they are practicing their painting and printing skills, but learn all about shapes and numbers too with a little guidance.
Prepare an area for painting. Find some cookie cutters that are simple shapes (square, circle etc.) or some plastic shapes from a shape sorter. You could use household recycling such as kitchen roll tubes, the ends of small boxes or plastic pots. Put some different coloured paint into 6 different shallow dishes and place a shape into each one ready to go.
Ask your child to do some printing with the shapes Encourage them to do it neatly, in rows, so the shapes can be easily identified. When they have done a few, then suggest they do an abstract piece of art and drag the shapes, mix the colours and over print the shapes to make something of their choice. Ask them what the picture is? Is is a sunset over hills; is it a dinosaur on the beach? Keep a note of their explanation on the back of the picture.
When all the pictures are dry, have a chat about the shapes and ask some questions.
- Which is the square?
- What is the yellow shape called?
- How many circles are there?
- Which is the biggest shape?
- Which has most sides?
- How many blue shapes are there?
Count and answer the questions together first and then see if your child can do it alone. Display the picture and practice each time you pass by.
Learning can be so much fun and so easy! For lots more ideas for activities, and explanations about learning for parents and childminders, go to ToucanLearn!