In this activity, early learners combine pre-cut recognizable shapes and their own abstract ideas to make representational pictures (e.g. houses, trees, shoes). This exploration of shape identification and transformation develops problem-solving skills. Use the provided open-ended questions to help learners communicate the processes they used to select shapes and colors as well as develop and practice a vocabulary of color and shapes.


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CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.6: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes.

CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.2: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.
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