Math Access for Teachers and Home Child Care Providers

Sticker Shapes

Using small stickers, children will outline pre-existing shapes to identify circles, triangles, squares, stars, moons, and rectangles to create a book, “My Book of Shapes”

Content Area Standard Target
• Geometry
• Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three- dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships
• Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems
• Recognize, name, build, draw, compare, and sort two- and three- dimensional shapes
• Create mental images of geometric shapes using spatial memory and spatial visualization
• Recognize geometric shapes and structures in the environment and specify their location
Obtain the Materials

• Little stickers.  Little dots or circle stickers.  Not big, differently shaped stickers.
• Large pre-drawn shapes – circle, star, triangle, square, rectangle, and moon.  You can create a book with a shape per page and entitle it, “My Book of Shapes”

Note: Small parts create a choking hazard for children. Make sure that all materials you choose to use for an activity or lesson with children meet safety requirements. Small parts are not appropriate for children who are 5 years of age or younger.

Introduce the Activity

1. Review the shapes with the children.  Ask them to describe their various attributes.
2. Ask the children to point out places around the room where they see the various shapes.  “Yes, the door is the shape of a rectangle.”
3. Explain that today they are going to create sticker shapes.  They will use stickers to create the various shapes we talked about.

Engage the Children

1. Introduce the “My Book of Shapes” and the stickers.
2. Explain that the children will be using the stickers to create the shape on the page.  Demonstrate how the peel off the stickers and place in on the line of the shape.  It is important to emphasize that the stickers are only to be used to create shapes, not anything else.  Children love stickers and the temptation to stickers other places than in their book will be very great.

• Children can create shapes without the following the outline of the pre-drawn shapes in the book.  The book can simply have the name and the shape at the top of the page and the children can create the shapes using the stickers.
• The children can count how many stickers they used to create each shape.

Encourage Vocabulary

• Circle - A round shape that has no straight edges or corners (e.g., "A wheel is a circle.)
• Rectangle - A shape with four sides and four right angles (e.g., "A door is a rectangle.")
• Square - A shape with four straight sides that are the same length or size and four corners (e.g., "The window is a square.")
• Triangle - A pointy shape with three sides and three corners (e.g., "A slice of pizza is a triangle.")
• Count - To identify the amount of something by number (e.g., "How many stickers did you use to make a circle? Let's count them. 1-2-3!")

Glossary of MATH vocabulary

Supporting Children at Different Levels

Toddlers   Pre-K

Toddlers may:

• Be having difficulty with the fine-motor skills required to peel off and place the small stickers.

Pre-K Children may:

• Are familiar with the shapes.

Home child care providers may:

• Have the children trace the shapes onto their page and then attempt to raw the shapes on their own.

Home child care providers may:

• Encourage children can create shapes without the following the outline of the pre-drawn shapes in the book.  The book can simply have the name and the shape at the top of the page and the children can create the shapes using the stickers.
• Have the children count how many stickers they used to create each shape.

Books

• Shape by Shape by Suse Macdonald (New York: Little Simon, 2009)
• Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh (New York: HMH Books for Young Readers; 2007)
• Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban (New York: Greenwillow Books, 1996)

Music and Movement

Outdoor Connections

• Working together, have the children create various shapes.  “How many children does it take to make a triangle?”  They can either lay on the ground or attempt to make the shape standing up and using various props.  It’s a fun idea to take pictures of the children making the various shapes and then create a bulletin board of shapes using the photos.

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