Today’s activity is a “shape hunt”. All you need is a white board or piece of paper and a writing utensil. Tell your child(ren) you are going on a shape hunt. Ask what shape they would like to look for first. After deciding on a shape, show them what
it looks like by drawing it on the white board or paper. Allow your child to copy your shape or trace the one you drew. Talk about straight lines and curves as you make the shape. Learning to copy simple shapes is a great pre-writing skill. Then you can repeatedly chant, while marching around the house, “Going on a shape hunt. Going to catch a square.” Encourage your child to look around the house and find various shapes throughout the house. They may need help for the first few, but soon they will begin to recognize that shapes are everywhere: the clock is a circle, the pillow is a square, the painting has a triangle, etc. For added excitement for your child, give them an old camera or a child’s camera to take pictures of the shapes they find. You can also give them an empty toilet paper roll to use as a telescope. Happy shape hunting!
~Sarah Eller, occupational therapist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist