To do: Explore shapes in your environment, like clouds, food, or wallpaper.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: A few household items like soup cans
Give your eyes a workout in this activity to pick out patterns in everyday items, or create your own patterns!
If it’s a day with big puffy clouds, head outside and name the shapes you find in the sky. “That cloud looks like a small dog!” What other strange shapes are hiding in plain sight?
Now that we see shapes and patterns all around us, let’s make our own! For example:
- Use a rubber stamp, ink pad and paper to create your own pattern.
- Cut 10-12 small circles or squares out of paper. On a full sheet of white paper, use glue to make patterns with the circles and squares.
- Get a sample book of wallpaper from your local hardware or home decor shop. Speak about the different patterns on each page, and use the paper for art projects.
- Use cookie cutters to make cookies of all different shapes. Arrange them beautifully on a plate and deliver to a neighbor or loved one!
For your older child, we’re going to play with eye tricks! There are all sorts of optical illusions you can find online and in the newspaper, so pick a few to try. Optics for Kids has a bunch of cool illusions for you and your child to enjoy puzzling through.
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