I’ve had fun bringing learning into more of our nature crafting lately. Although my girls are fairly good with shapes, I decided it was a good idea to continue shape recognition activities with them. This activity was simple to set up and they really enjoyed it.
The twins mainly moved the shapes around the paper but Miss L created some amazing scenes with just a few leaves cut up into shapes.
It’s so simple to set up this little play station for them one afternoon after school. Just have it ready for them and see what they create.
- hole punches optional (affiliate)
- glue (optional)
- white recycled paper
How to set it up:
All you have to do is cut up a heap of leaves into different shapes. We cut ours into shapes of different sizes too.
I cut most of the shapes from leaves by hand but I was sneaky and used our circle punches (affiliate) to cut up both small and medium sized circles for the container.
Once you’ve cut up all the shapes, put them all in a container in the middle of the table and let your children move the shapes around on a blank piece of paper.
As an extension, you can add a glue stick and scissors to the table and let them cut up the shapes, and glue them on to their piece of paper too.
Here’s a few scenes made by Miss L!
I just love activities that don’t take much to prepare and leave no mess (well, if you play with it outdoors you just push it onto the ground, there’s no mess).
Best of all the girls were all using their knowledge of shapes through the whole activity. There was no need for my input at all. It was a perfect way of bringing shapes back into learning without even having to mention it.