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Combining Shapes

on September 10, 2013

Hi Parents,

This week it was about noticing how our world is structured from different shapes. The kids were exploring this idea by assembling shapes to build new things and disassembling things in the world to discover the basic shapes they are made of.

In the cube game:

We hunted shapes in the room. The kids were most enthusiastic about finding Cylinders.

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We combined basic shapes to create other basic shapes. The kids discovered that they need to partner with other kids to form the shapes.

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Eeny, Meany and Miny adventure was all about building a new world out of cheese pieces in different shapes.

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And on the the exploration stations:

1. We painted the shapes robot.

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2. Created a 3D cube out of template

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3. Created a world of unique shapes.

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After all the kids collaborated to create a bigger world of unique shapes.

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To keep it going:

  1. Basically everything can be disassemble into basic shapes. This is a great technique to learn how to draw. Find some examples on the internet and learn together how to draw with basic shapes. Here is an example: http://www.how-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com/how-to-draw-a-panda.html
  2. Explore shapes in different contexts. For example:
  • Compare different kind of cereal by their shapes. Try to roll and slide the round ones versus the rectangles. Try find different shapes of pretzels and find out what can you do with them.
  • While walking in the park collect different things and compare their shapes. Leaves, different branches, cones etc. Ask why the cones are oval? Can you find triangles and rectangles in the nature?
  1. Collect recycled container. Those have different 3D shapes. Assemble them into different things: a car, a rocket ship, a table, a chair etc.

This Thursday it’s about Plants.

See you all,

Aliza.


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