By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff
Go outside with your child and look for shapes, such as circles, triangles, squares, rectangles and diamonds. This will help your child make the connection between the shapes he learns about in the classroom and shapes in the world around him.
Review the name of different shapes with your child. Discuss the shapes you find outside. Then, look at objects around you at home, such as a book or a door, and ask your child to identify the shape.
To expand this activity, take a paper, pen or pencil and a clipboard (optional) outside. Have your child find shapes and write or draw the name of the shape on paper. She can dictate the writing to you or use her invented spelling to try to write it herself. When you are finished with your walk, ask your child what shape she found the most and what shape was the least common.