Curriculum Alignment (Kindergarten):
K188.8.131.52.6 Describe the attributes of 3-D objects and sort objects into planes and 3-D objects.
Shapes sorters are fun and a great learning tool for KG children. They help children to develop fine motor skills, learn early math concepts like shapes, and encourage problem solving and organisational skills.
· Cardboard (box) or strawboard
· Scissors or knife
· Glue – white glue like Top Bond works well and is sold in small containers
· Poster colours and brush / coloured paper and glue
· An office printer if you want to use the templates provided
To make 2D or 3D shapes:
Find objects that have the required 3D shapes, like an empty drinks can or a match box. You could glue coloured paper around them, or paint them with poster colours. Make sure there are no sharp edges and supervise your learners well when they use these objects.
Cut 2D shapes from thick cardboard, for example strawboard or cardboard from a box. You can use these templates:
You can paint them with poster colours or glue coloured paper on top.
Make 3D objects from thick cardboard. Here are some templates you can use to make a cube, a cylinder and a 3D triangle:
The dotted lines are for folding; you can use a ruler and the point of a scissors to mark them for easy folding. Glue the shapes using the flaps.
When done, paint them with poster colours or make the same shapes from coloured paper and glue it on.
Find a carpenter who can make wooden 3D shapes and paint them.
To make the Sorter Board:
1. Arrange your shapes on your cardboard and cut a piece that is big enough to contain all. When you use 2D shapes, your board should be thinner than the cardboard you used for the shapes.
2. Using a pencil, draw an outline around each of the shapes:
3. Remove the shapes and with a pair of scissors or knife, cut out the shapes.
4. Use coloured markers or poster paint to outline the slots in the same colour as the shape that will be put in that slot.
5. Your shape sorters are now ready! Children can play and learn by putting the shapes in their respective slots and match the colours.
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