Kindergarten made something I call Free Form Shape Stencils. This is an oldie-but-a-goodie from my college days (many moons ago). I start out giving them a "test" where I show a shape cut out of tagboard and have the class tell me what it is (circle, triangle, square, etc). The last few I show are free form shapes (no one ever gets it, but I love the things they come up with "spilled milk" and "ugly flower" are two of my favorites). We then talk about the difference between geometric and free form shapes. Each student gets a shape, a paper towel and chalk. They make a scribble line around the edge of their free form shape and then hold it down while they brush with the paper towel to make their shape on their paper (that I pass out while they're all working on their scribble line):
|When they take them home, I tell them to give |
their families the same shape test to see
if they know freeform shapes!
|Gross looking, but pretty darn-good smelling!|