
Obtain the Materials 

 2 or 3 packages of pipe cleaners
 The book, When A Line Bends, A Shape Begins
 Large cards, 8” x 12” that have shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, diamond, oval, star, heart, crescent, and octagon) A set for each child.
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 

 Explain to the children that today they are going to read a book all about different shapes. Read the title of the book, When A Line Bends, A Shape Begins and ask the children what they think that means. Based on the title of the book and the cover, ask the children is they have any predictions about what is going to happen in the story.
 Read When A Line Bends, A Shape Begins. During the reading of the story, stop and discuss certain parts of the story, e.g. other names for shapes, locate the shapes in the pictures, identify the characteristics of the different shapes.
 Once the book is finished, again, ask: “What do you think it means when the book says, When A Line Bends, A Shape Begins?”




Engage the Children 

 Explain that today, the children are going to take lines (pipe cleaners) and bend them into the shapes in the book.
 Review the shapes on each of the cards. Explain that the children will make each of the 10 shapes in the book using the cards as guides. They might need to use more than one pipe cleaner to construct the shape. Model how the children would use more than one pipe cleaner to construct a shape.
 Once the shapes are finished, the children can hang them from a hangar and have a shape mobile.
Additional Extensions
 The children can create Shape Books. Give each child a small shape booklet w/ 10 blank pages. Have the children draw each of the 10 shapes in their book. Children can write the names of each shape on the top of each page. The children can also find the shape somewhere in the classroom and draw that shape on the appropriate shape page.
 The children can create their own “lifelike” drawing using all 10 shapes. Have the children color the shapes different colors so they are easily recognizable. The object is to embed the shapes into their drawing.




Encourage Vocabulary 

 Shape – A form or outline (e.g., "Identify the shape of a circle in this picture.")
 Circle – A round shape that has no straight edges or corners (e.g., "A wheel is a circle.")
 Square – A shape with four straight sides that are the same length or size and four corners
 Rectangle –A 4sided flat shape with straight sides where all interior angles are right angles (90°). Also opposite sides are parallel and of equal length. Example: A square is a special type of rectangle.
 Triangle – A pointy shape with three sides and three corners (e.g., "A slice of pizza is a triangle.")
 Diamond – A rhombus with four equal sides (e.g., "A diamond looks like a slanted square.")
 Oval – A stretched out circle that is shaped like an egg
 Star – A pointy shape that has four or more pointed parts coming out from a center at equal distances
 Heart – A shape, consisting of two half circles next to each other at the top and a Vshape at the bottom, often colored pink or red and used to represent love
 Crescent – The shape of the visible part of the moon when it is less than half full
 Octagon – A polygon with 8 sides (e.g., "A stop sign is an octagon.")
Glossary of MATH vocabulary 



Make Adaptations 

Supporting Children at Different Levels 
Toddlers 

PreK 
Toddlers may:
 Be having difficulty bending their pipe cleaners to construct the shapes.
 Be having difficulty constructing shapes out of more than 1 pipe cleaner.


PreK Children may:
 Easily identify the 10 shapes.

Home child care providers may:
 Bend the pipe cleaners into the shape and ask the child to identify the shape.
 Shrink the shapes on the cards so that only I pipe cleaner is needed to create the different shapes.

Home child care providers may:
 Have the children can create Shape Books. Give each child a small shape booklet w/ 10 blank pages. Have the children draw each of the 10 shapes in their book. Children can write the names of each shape on the top of each page. The children can also find the shape somewhere in the classroom and draw that shape on the appropriate shape page.
 Have the children create their own “lifelike” drawing using all 10 shapes. Have the children color the shapes different colors so they are easily recognizable. The object is to embed the shapes into their drawing.





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Outdoor Connections 


A Shape Hunt is easily done outside. Look for shapes outside. You might need to strategically place some shapes around your outdoor space but there is potential for great creativity and endless possibilities. A bird’s nest could be a semicircle, the leaves or top part of a tree could be an oval, a fir tree could be a triangle and there are infinite possibilities with clouds.




Web Resources 

