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The children's environment is full of squares, circles, rectangles, etc. Without realizing it, we live surrounded by geometric figures! See for yourself: round bottle caps, rectangular mobiles or square floor tiles are just a few examples. What if we make our own DIY sensory tray (do it yourself) for children from 2 to 3 years old to become familiar with?
Our day to day gives us the opportunity for children to be related to geometric shapes from childhood; both in closed and free spaces, taking a walk around our neighborhood or simply sitting on the sofa we can play to find what geometric shapes surround us, in this way we will also be promoting and developing attention, concentration and observation! The activity that I propose, in addition to being very fun and enjoyable for the little ones, has many varieties in terms of the type of game to be played, all of them adapted according to the age of the child. Here we go!
- Pasta or chickpeas
- Plastic geometric shapes
- Crayons, markers, or pencils
- Lining to laminate
- Wooden clothespins
By following these simple five steps we can carry out our activity:
1. On a sheet we will make the geometric shapes that we want to work on (I made them with the computer, but it can also be done on the same sheet with crayons, markers or pencils). In my case, I drew a yellow circle, a red square, and a blue triangle.
2. To better protect our figures and that they can be manipulated by children we will laminate them, either with a laminator in the case of having one and plastic covers or with a lining to laminate, thus they will be more resistant and will last longer.
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3. We will buy in any bazaar the geometric figures to use in the sensory tray or we will do them same according to the home method mentioned in the previous steps.
4. In the tray or tupper that we have chosen We will pour the macaroni, lentils, beans, etc. along with geometric shapes. We stir a little to mix well.
5. Let's take our wooden clothespin and have fun!
The best thing about this activity is that it can be adapted according to the age of the boys and girls. Thus we can expand the knowledge and experiences using the same materials, simply making some changes during their execution. In all cases, this game is very beneficial for the little ones:
Prepare the game for 2-3 year olds
- Find geometric figures and place them with their corresponding geometric shape.
- Search and classify according to their color.
- Finding a single type of geometric shape happens thus making use of visual discrimination.
- Carrying out the activity with and without clamp.
When children are 4-5 years old
- With closed eyes, look for a geometric figure and guess which one it is using the sense of touch.
- Indicating a certain number of geometric figures to look for, for example: look for four squares.
- Indicating number, shape and color to look for, for example: 3 blue triangles.
Being an activity with different ways of being adapted, it allows us to work areas of the three areas of Early Childhood Education: 'Self-knowledge and personal autonomy', 'Knowledge of the Environment' and 'Languages: Communication and Representation'.
As for the area Self-knowledge and personal autonomy, thanks to the use of the tweezers we can work on fine motor skills, strength and it will help us in the future the children have internalized the correct way to hold the pencil, wax, etc. Also, if it adapts, it can become a sensory activity with which to enhance the sense of touch.
With the observation of the geometric shapes that are in their closest environment together with the realization of a work of classification and discrimination within a set, we can exercise mathematical logic in a different, enjoyable and attractive way for them, which is part of the area of Knowledge of the Environment.
And finally, the area of 'Language: Communication and Representation' can occur at times when the child vocalizes, dialogues and values oral communication as a means to express yourself with others.
It is a very motivating activity for the little ones since it is different and uses materials that they did not think were also for playing and learning, and all this generates enthusiasm and a positive attitude towards novelty.
I encourage you to do this activity at home, adapt it according to age and observe the evolution of your sons and daughters. They will have a great time!