2D shape crafts

1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Spring Shape Activities With Me   

Years ago I drew my first "shapely" animals; and since the penguins were so popular, I continued to design different animals for the various seasons.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Today I'm featuring my newest creation, "Shape Up!" with  "Lions & Lambs" packet, along with 3 other popular springtime "shapely critters": chicksbunnies & frogs.

sheep shapesWhether you're teaching 2D shapes for the first time, or simply looking for a review, these cuties will add some zing to your spring, lion & lamb-themed lessons.

shapely lion sample picturesThere are 3 crafty options.

Younger students can simply color the lion & lamb-faced worksheet of their choice with no cutting, or draw in their own head on the blank shape, while older kiddos can cut and glue a lion or lamb head to their favorite shape.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, There’s a simple “straight-edge” shape pattern for little ones that’s easy to cut, along with a more challenging shape pattern where students cut the lion’s mane and the sheep’s body out for a more realistic look.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Children can glue the lion head to the “shapely” mane, or the lamb head to the “shapely” body of the sheep.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, For more pizzazz & to add some 3D pop, students can accordion fold a strip of paper, glue it to the back of the head, so that it ”wiggles”.

The packet also includes posters & games with colorful cards to use as a center activity.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, There are black & white patterns so students can make up their own games as well.

There’s also a selection of worksheets, which practice shape words, & attributes, plus a certificate of praise bookmark.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Make a set of your own to use as flashcards, anchor charts, or a “4 Corners” game, (Directions included).

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Completed projects make an adorable spring bulletin board or hallway wall display.
I’ve included 2 posters to help enhance your display.

2D shapes included: circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart & star. 

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Another springtime animal in this collection is an adorable baby chick.

The "Slick Chick" packet follows a similar format, but also includes 3D shapes, and an emergent reader booket.

Students read, trace and write the shape word, fill in the shapes to look like chicks; trace the shape and then draw that shape.

They also underline the capital letter and add end punctuation

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, The bunny rabbit is certainly a symbol of spring as well.  I had a lot of fun designing a cute little face for this "shapely" animal friend.

The 2D shapes are easily recognizable, as they are simply topped off with a pair of bunny ears.

To make them especially cute, I've included a pattern for a ladybug & 3D butterfly to add some extra pizzazz. 

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, The spots on their wings match the bunny's various shapes too.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Finally, many of my teacher friends have a springtime, frog theme going on, as they study life cycles; so perhaps the "Funny Frogs" shape packet works for you. 

The format is also similar, but also includes a short “giggle” tale about Ferdinand the frog and Princess Penelope, who was turned into a fly!

Read it as an interesting way to introduce the shape craft, then have older students "flip up the mouth" and write their own "fractured fairy tale" on the frog's "tongue".

There’s a set of discussion questions for the story, as well as a comprehension worksheet.

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Today's featured FREEBIE is a whopping 41-page, whimsical"Shapely Mouths" packet, which will help you review, as well as assess 2D shapes and shape words.  I hope you find it useful.  

lion & lambs activities, frog activities, bunny activities, chick activities, spring bulletin boards, 2D shape games, 2D shape centers, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. 

It's a dreary day here in Michigan; rainy, cold & windy.  Perfect for snuggling in and reading a good book, or putzing wth my "too long" To Do List.

Wishing you a cozy & cuddly kind of day, filled with all the things you enjoy the most.

"A rainy day is a special gift to readers." -Amy Miles

1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D Shape Activities With Me

Most of my Y5s don’t have any problem learning to identify the 2D shapes, however, when I ask them to find an example of that shape in the “real world” many of them have difficulty.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesWith that in mind, I designed these quick, easy and fun I Spy!”  Puzzle Pie activities.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesWhenever I'm putzing with a project, I test it out on my 4-year-old grandson, to tweak any "glitches" that may occur. 

Nothing like "kid-tested & teacher-approved".

He absolutely LOVED putting these together.

Even his 2-year-old sister enjoyed placing pieces on the grid, although she did things willy-nilly.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesEach shape packet is sold individually for just a dollar.

There are 14, 2D shapes in all: circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart, star, semicircle & crescent!

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesI had a question whether I would consider bundling all of them into one packet. For sure! 

I'm always willing to combine a "collection" of something.  This bundle offers a 40% savings from buying each 2D shape puzzle pie packet separately.

Use the full color patterns as an independent center.  

Simply print, laminate and trim.  I keep the "puzzle parts" for each 2D shape in a large, ZipLock Baggie.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesDepending on the shape and clip art available, I’ve included 1-4, “bottom” puzzle grids with matching words, as well as a blank template, so that students can pick and choose, which of the 6-24-different pieces of “real world” 2D shape examples, they want to use to complete the picture puzzle.

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesFor example, I found many more graphics of rectangular-shaped items, so there are 4 puzzles and 24 pieces for the rectangle packet, where as there were a limited number of examples for the hexagon, which has 2 grids and 12 pieces to choose from. 

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesEven though they are not part of my report card standards, I included the rhombus and trapezoid shapes, as my Y5s use pattern block manipulatives for a variety of our math centers, and I wanted them to be familiar with the vocabulary to describe these shapes.

Beginning readers can practice their decoding skills with the word-filled grids, while younger kiddos can simply place the pictures on the blank grids. 

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesYou can also use the puzzles as an interesting and fun assessment tool. Choose one or 2 picture pieces for each 2D shape.

Hold one up and ask students to identify what shape they see. This will also check that they are using correct vocabulary as well. 

Likewise, ask them to point to a hexagon. This way you know they can identify the shape, but not necessarily remember the name of it.

I also run off an extra set of each of the picture pieces for all of the shapes, to use as a sorting activity. This set is kept in a large ZipLock Baggie. 

As a whole-group activity, I also use this bag to pass out several pieces to each child. We sit in a circle and they show one of the picture pieces, tell the name of the shape and what the "real world" object is.  "Can we spy anything in our room that is also that shape?"

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesI’ve also included black & white templates, so that students can make their own puzzles to take home. 

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesThe pentagonhexagon packet also have a volleyball, picture poster.  Tossing or rolling a volleyball to your students, is a quick, easy and super fun way to practice those somewhat "toughie" shapes. 

I think they're a bit difficult to remember because there really aren't that many examples children see or are familiar with, like squares and circles

2D shape activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesThe pentagon packet also includes "irregular" pentagons, as seen with a teabag, pocket or baseball's home plate.

I've also included some interesting information about the "why" home base is an irregular pentagon.  

2D shape activities, Seuss activities, Dr. Seuss activities, Grinch activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesSince March Is Reading Month, and many classrooms are celebrating Seuss, today's featured FREEBIE also helps practice 2D shapes; as well as letters, numbers 0-120, contractions, colors and more.

seuss activities, common core games, 2D shape activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centersI used a sand pail for one container, as well a "flip up" container from a 10-pack of Mr. Clean "erasers", which is perfect for the Grinch's "mouth". 

LOVE the dry sponges too, as they are perfect for getting permanent marker off laminated name cards, so that I can reuse them each year.  Several dishwashing containers like Cascade, also use flip up containers.

 Click on the link to grab the jumbo, "Feed The Grinch" packet.  I hope you find it useful. 

2D shape activities, Seuss activities, Dr. Seuss activities, Grinch activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, assessing 2D shapesWell that's it for tonight.  I usually zip off a blog article during the day, but life happened this morning, with way too much on my plate all day.  

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a stress-free week. 

"The greatest weapon against stress, is our ability to choose one thought over another." -William James

1-2-3 Come Do Some 2D & 3D Shape Activities With Me

So that my students are interested and engaged, I’m always looking for different and creative ways for them to practice shapes.

Today's blog showcases my brand new puzzle game, along with the "oldie-but goodie" Lorax craftivity, just in time for a "Celebration of Seuss" for March Is Reading Month coming up.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesFirst up are the 3 & 4-piece puzzles that feature 2D and 3D shapes, their attributes, as well as a “real world” example.

SHAPES INCLUDED:

* 2D shapes: circle, semi-circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart, star, & crescent.


* 3D shapes: sphere, cylinder, cone, cube, pyramid, rectangular prism & triangular prism.

 I’ve also included black and white templates so that students can make their own puzzles.Simply pick which shapes are appropriate for your students, then print the colorful patterns on card stock, laminate and trim. 

I’ve also included black and white templates so that students can make their own puzzles.

Children can put them together in an independent puzzle center. To make this a self-correcting activity, number the back of each piece: 1a, 1b, 1c etc.

Make an extra set to be used for a Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” game.
i.e. “I have the triangle word piece, who has the shape and “real life” example pieces?”

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesStudents can also sort them into 2D and 3D shapesI’ve included 2 sorting mats for this.

 I’ve also included black and white templates so that students can make their own puzzles.For a whole group comprehension activity, toss the shape pieces into a container.
* Children choose one and give the attributes.  The color-copies have them listed, where as the BW patterns have this section of the puzzle blank.

OR…
* Children can give 3 clues about the shape card they are hiding; their classmates guess which shape they think is being described.

OR…
* Toss the “real life” picture pieces into a container. Students pick one and tell what shape it is. OR…
* Toss the word pieces into a basket. Children pick one, read the shape word, then draw a picture of that shape on the board.

To practice the “spatial direction” aspect of this standard as a whole group, have children pick a shape piece.
Call out directions for children to follow. i.e “Place your shape above, below, between, on, behind " etc.
You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesStudents can also pick a piece and go on a shape hunt; listing,then totaling up how many items they found in your classroom that are that shape. I’ve included a worksheet for this.
 
2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesBesides using them as individual puzzle pieces, I designed a variety of covers for both the 3-piece and 4-piece puzzles, so students can make an “Itty Bitty” 2D and/or 3D flip booklet.

These make a fun homework assignment, something for early finishers or struggling kiddos; as well as an interesting lesson for your sub tub

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesNext up is "Shapin' Up With The Lorax";  a quick, easy and fun craftivity, with a variety of game options.
It's one of my most popular shape craftivities.    

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesThere's also an emergent reader, which practices capitalization and end punctuation too.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesI’ve provided both 2D shapes as well as the four, 3D ones. 

Make a set to use for a bulletin board display. We always get tons of compliments on ours.

Make an extra set; cut them in half, and use as puzzles for an independent math center and an interesting way to review symmetry.

Play 4-Corner FREEZE; a game that practices a variety of life skills, like listening and following directions, as well as the 2D/3D shape vocabulary, plus recognition, and counting backwards from 10 to 0.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesMy kiddos absolutely LOVE this game. Easy-peasy for me, and only takes a few minutes, so it’s perfect for the end of the day. I’ve included directions in the packet.

You can also use the Lorax shapes as big flashcards. Hold one up. Children call out what shape it is, along with its attributes, like the number of vertices.

Play “Who’s Missing?” Display a set on the wall. After children leave, take one away. In the morning, children guess which one is missing.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesI’ve also included a 2-on-a-one-page template, so children can pick their favorite shape and create their own Lorax.

For a cute keepsake idea, students can use their hand prints as the mustache, and add accordion-folded legs and arms. (Super fine motor practice!) 

Have older students write attributes on the back. 

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, FREE 2D shape Posters, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesThere are TWO featured FREEBIES today: a 31-page, 2D-shape poster pack2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, FREE 2D shape Posters, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape games   as well as a 10-page, 3D shape set.

They come in a variety of sizes, so you can use them for anchor charts, a bulletin board, flashcards, centers & games.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, FREE 2D shape Posters, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesI've also included a bookmark of the 2D-basic 6, & 3D-basic 4, which students can tuck in their math journals. 

Well that's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, 2D shape puzzles, Dr. Seuss activities, Lorax activities, Seuss crafts, Lorax crafts, 3D shape activities, 3D shape crafts, 3D shape puzzles, 2D shape centers, FREE 2D shape Posters, 3D shape centers, 2D shape games, 3D shape gamesIt's 27 degrees out and snowing, so don't think spring will be along any time soon here in Michigan. 

Perfect weather to snuggle in and dream up some spring activities as an escape. 

Wishing you a cozy day.

"It's only cold if you're standing still." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin-Themed 2D Shape Activities With Me

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, emergent reader books, Dolch words, Since pumpkins are carved with all sorts of shapely features, I thought it would be fun to make some "pumpkin eye" activities to practice 2D shapes.  Today's blog features my "just finished" packet, along with today's featured FREEBIE.

The packet includes:

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, emergent reader books, Dolch words, * 2 sets of picture cards featuring pumpkins with the various shaped eyes: circle, oval, rectangle, square, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, rhombus, trapezoid, heart and star.

These can be used as flashcards or for Memory Match, or "I Have; Who Has?" games.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, * There’s also an emergent reader craftivity:Pumpkin Eyes", with 3 options:

* One option features pages with simple sentences using words from the Dolch lists, especially pronouns: “My pumpkin has rectangle eyes.” There is space underneath for students to draw that shape.
* Option 2 includes the sentences as well as the shapes. The 3rd option, for little ones, doesn’t have sentences, just the picture shapes for them to color.

Students cut the pages and staple the "Pumpkin Eyes" booklet to the eye-section of their pumpkin.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, * I’ve also included a whole group chant written on a poster. Read and point to the words on it:
“Oh my! We’re wise. We spy a pumpkin with ____________ eyes!”
When you get to the blank, place a shape word card on the poster.

To start the game, pass the various shaped eye cards out to your students. The child holding the called-for shape, puts that eye-card on the pumpkin poster.

Continue the chant ’til you have used all of the shape word cards.
My Y5s absolutely LOVE practicing shapes this way.

* Make an extra set to be used as an independent center. Children place the shape word above the pumpkin, then put the matching eyes on. To make this self-checking, draw the shape on the back of the word card.

* This activity can also be used as a fun tool for individually assessing 2D shapes.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, * Afterwards, graph which pumpkin eyes everyone liked the best using the “Graphing Time” poster.

* Another fun way to whole-group assess 2D shapes, is by making a Pumpkin Eyes” slider craft.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, There are 2 pumpkin patterns to choose from, as well as two slider strip options featuring the various 2D shapes.

* I’ve also included 2 pumpkin patterns where students draw a shapely face, which makes for a sweet bulletin board. 

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, Place the “Welcome to our patch” poster in the center of your display.  This poster is today's FREEBIE.  Click on the link to grab your copy.

* Finally, a great “go along” story to read with these activities is Denise Fleming’s “Pumpkin Eye”.

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, The story is about all of the things the pumpkin’s eyes see on Halloween, so I’ve included a class-made book activity as well.
Class books are wonderful to share at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

pumpkin activities, pumpkin crafts, emergent readers, class made book, october bulletin board ideas, writing prompts for october, pumpkin games, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, assessing 2D shapes, 2D shape craftsEach child completes the prompt: “My pumpkin’s eyes are ___________. (shape) He sees ____________________.

Students draw those shaped eyes on the pumpkin, then illustrate their page of what their pumpkin saw. Collect the pages, collate, then add the cover.  

pumpkin crafts, pumpkin activities, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activities, Hexagon activities, 2D shape games, pumpkin games, Halloween games, assessing 2D shapes, October bulletin boards, emergent reader books, Dolch words, Well that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in. 

It's time to put my "Nana hat" on, as I'm watching two of my favorite little "punkins" today.  Wishing you giggles galore and lots of warm snuggly hugs.

"There's nothing quite like a grandchild to put a smile on your face, a lump in your throat, and a warm, loving feeling in your heart." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Pumpkin Shape Activities With Me

Do you read the story “Spookley The Square Pumpkin”, by Joe Troiano?  This cute book has a message of tolerance, acceptance and being kind, which is so important in today’s diversified classrooms. 

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesIt’s also a great read if your class follows a “bucket filling” program. I use it to practice 2D shapes as well.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesWith these things in mind, I designed this shapely pumpkin packet which includes an emergent reader booklet featuring words from the Dolch lists, with a full page option teacher's can share, as well as a 2-on-a-page pattern for your students. 

Students read, trace, write and color, as well as draw the 2D shapes: circle, oval, rectangle, square, triangle, & hexagon. They also underline the capital letters and include the end punctuation.

There’s also a quick, easy and super-fun "shapely pumpkin" craftivity.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesIf your school's not into Halloween, but a harvest theme, students pick a shape and make a plain, pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.

Older students can write the name of the shape on the front of their pumpkin and a list of attributes on the back.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesMy school celebrates Halloween, so we opt for a Jack-O-Lantern "shapely pumpkin".

I've included the blank patterns mentioned above, where students can draw on their own face, plus there's a set with facial features on each pumpkin shape that match the shape of their pumpkin. (Check out the photographs.)

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesBesides the standard shapes listed above, I’ve also included patterns to make a pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart and star pumpkin too.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesFor some extra 3D pizzazz, have students strengthen those finger muscles by wrapping a green pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a vine, which they attach to the top of the back of their pumpkin using a piece of tape.

Completed projects make an adorable, pumpkin patch bulletin board. Use the 3 posters for the center of your display, and the "pumpkin patch" sign for the side.

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesAfterwards, use the graphing extension to see which pumpkin shape was your students' favorite.

For further reinforcement, there’s a set of colorful pumpkin cards, which feature all of the 12, 2D shapes listed.

Use as a center for an independent sorting activity. You can also make an extra set; cut the cards in half to make puzzles.
The matching pocket chart cards could also be cut in half. (These cards are on the cover photo.)

There are shape word cards for a Memory Match game as well. Children can match picture to word, or picture to picture.

You can use these for an “I Have; Who Has?” game too. “I have the circle shaped pumpkin card. Who has the circle word card?”

The packet also includes several writing prompts based on "Spookley", as well as 2 Venn diagrams, plus several bookmarks.

Because "Spookley The Square Pumpkin" is a rhyming story, I've also included  a “Rhyme Time” activity, where students think of words that rhyme with square

You can do this independently using the worksheet, or list them together as a whole group.  As always, I've made an answer key with an alphabetical list of 81 words! 

peter peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme activities, pumpkin crafts, halloween cardsToday's featured FREEBIE, is also a rhyme.  Since I don't have time anymore to do a specific unit on nursery rhymes, I try to include matching themed ones with whatever we're currently studying.

Peter peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme activites, pumpkin craftsThus "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" is perfect for October.  Click on the link for a sweet, keepsake craftivity, along with a poster poem of the rhyme. 

spookley the square pumpkin activities, spookley the square pumpkin story, 2D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, pumpkin crafts, pumpkin bulletin board, Halloween activities, jack-o-lantern crafts, Peter Peter pumpkin eater nursery rhyme, nursery rhyme activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in.

The trees have just started to turn beautiful orange, yellows and red, so it's time for a nice long walk with Chloe. Wishing you a relaxing day.

"Autumn leaves come falling down; red, orange, yellow and brown." -Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Dr. Seuss Lorax Activities With Me   

Ever since the movie came out, my students absolutely love the Lorax. He's such a cute little fluff ball, and the inspiration behind my "Shapin' Up With The Lorax" packet.   

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesThis craftivity is quick, easy & super-fun and includes a variety of game options.

There's also an emergent reader, which practices capitalization and end punctuation as it reviews shapes.

I’ve provided 2D shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, octagon, trapezoid, rhombus, heart, star & crescent), as well as the four, 3D ones: cone, cube, cylinder andsphere. 

Make a set to use for a bulletin board display.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesMake an extra set; cut them in half, and use as puzzles for an independent math center and an interesting way to review symmetry.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesPlay 4-Corner FREEZE; a game that practices a variety of life skills, like listening and following directions, as well as the 2D/3D shape vocabulary, plus recognition, and counting backwards from 10 to 0.

My kiddos absolutely LOVE this game. Easy-peasy for me, and only takes a few minutes, so it’s perfect for the end of the day. I’ve included directions in the packet.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesYou can also use the Lorax shapes as big flashcards. Hold one up. Children call out what shape it is, along with its attributes, like the number of vertices.

Play “Who’s Missing?” Display a set on the wall. After children leave, take one away. In the morning, children guess which one is missing.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesI’ve also included a 2-on-a-one-page template, so children can pick their favorite shape and create their own Lorax.

There are 2 mustache options: “I ‘mustache’ you a question. What shape am I?” is written on one, the other is blank.

For a cute keepsake idea, students can use their hand prints as the mustache, and add accordion-folded legs and arms. (Super fine motor practice!)

Have older students write attributes on the back. 

Next up is a Telling Time With The Lorax Game, which practices analog and digital time to the hour.

There are several ways to use the packet.  Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, analog and digital time activities, telling time to the hour gamesMake a large Lorax teacher’s clock to use as a whole-group assessment tool. 

You can also have children make their own, mini (4-on-a-page pattern) Lorax clock, to whole group assess in another way.

Ask children to show you 11:00 or whatever time. Sitting at their desk/table, they manipulate their paperclips to display that time.
You walk around the room making sure children have the correct time.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, analog and digital time activities, telling time to the hour gamesAnother option: Instead of using paperclips, children can use a dry erase marker to draw hands on their clock, to show you the time, then erase it with a tissue.

The “clocks” can also be used as spinners to play the “It’s Truffula Tree Time!” game.

To use for a math center activity, laminate the full-size truffula trees, and medium-size spinners, and attach a large paperclip with a brass brad.

Using a dry erase marker, children play with a partner, spinning the paperclip to see what time they will trace on the truffula tree trunk.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, analog and digital time activities, telling time to the hour gamesThe winner of the game, is the first one to fill in all of the times, or who has the most times traced when the timer rings.

So that children practice numbering a clock, I’ve also included mini-blank clocks without numbers. 

When students spin, they not only trace the time on their truffula tree, they also write that number on their mini clock worksheet.

I’ve included 2-on-a page templates of the game, so that you can play this as a whole group activity too. 

Children can play with a partner or in a group of 3-5.  Each student makes their own truffula tree, has their own blank clock, and shares the spinner. 

Today's FREEBIE also features Seuss's Lorax.  It's a super-cute writing prompt. Making a mustache to launch a writing prompt, is an interesting and "Suessical" way of doing things. I think your students will enjoy it.

Lorax writing prompt craft covFor an adorable bulletin board, take everyone's photograph wearing their mustache and put it next to their writing.  Your bulletin board title could be the same question you are asking: "We mustache you, would you save a truffula tree?" 

Flank the board on either side, with 2 colorful truffula trees, made out of strips of neon-colored tissue paper, and rolled up green bulletin board paper for the trunk. Stripe it with brightly colored boarder.

Seuss activities, seuss crafts, seuss centers, seuss games, 2D shape activities 3D shape activities, shape games, shape crafts, shape activities, telling time to the hour activities, Lorax activities, telling time to the hour gamesWell that's it for today.  I can't believe spring is just around the corner, as it's bitter cold today and the bleak view out my window is still snow covered! 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

"Life is like a mustache.  It can be wonderful or terrible, but it always tickles!" -Unknown

 

1-2-3 Come Do Some Penguin Activities With Me

I designed the Penguin Emergent Reader packet to go along with my Silly Shaped Penguin craft. The craftivity is today's featured FREEBIE.

silly shaped penguins, penguin activities, penguin crafts, emergent readers, Dolch word practice, 2D shapes, 2D shape booklet, 2D shape emergent reader, 2D shape activities, 2D shape gamesFor your convenience, I’ve included them in the packet.

You don’t have to make the Silly Shaped Penguins, but I really think they get children excited to make this short emergent reader booklet, which includes 50 Dolch sight words!

silly shaped penguins, penguin activities, penguin crafts, emergent readers, Dolch word practice, 2D shapes, 2D shape booklet, 2D shape emergent reader, 2D shape activities, 2D shape gamesChildren read the sentence, add end punctuation ( ? . ! ), trace & write the shape word, then trace, draw and color the shape.

I've included an extra page with the hexagon, pentagon & octagon if you study those as well.

The last page is also optional. “This penguin is in the shape of my shoe. It’s a special keepsake that I made for you.” where children trace their shoe, and add details to make it look like a penguin.

silly shaped penguins, penguin activities, penguin crafts, emergent readers, Dolch word practice, 2D shapes, 2D shape booklet, 2D shape emergent reader, 2D shape activities, 2D shape gamesThere are 2 size options for the booklet: full-page (great for a teacher’s edition), plus a 2-on-a-page half size, to conserve paper and ink.

The packet also includes:

* A set of trace & write the shape word cards, which can be turned into an Itty Bitty booklet, or used for a Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” game. I’ve also included a full-color set as well.

silly shaped penguins, penguin activities, penguin crafts, emergent readers, Dolch word practice, 2D shapes, 2D shape booklet, 2D shape emergent reader, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games* A graphing extension

* A “Roll & Color” the shapes game, where children choose a partner & take turns rolling the dice. Whatever number they roll, is the matching numbered shape that they color.

* And finally, an “I Spy a Shape” game worksheet, which is a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess.   You can use the worksheet 5 times too! 

silly shaped penguins, penguin activities, penguin crafts, emergent readers, Dolch word practice, 2D shapes, 2D shape booklet, 2D shape emergent reader, 2D shape activities, 2D shape gamesWell that's it for today.  I hope your kiddos have as much fun with the silly shaped penguins, as I did creating them.

Who knew? "Penguins have only one mate, and "propose" by giving then a pebble."

1-2-3 Come Do Some Gingerbread Activities With Me

Looking for some gingerbread-themed activities that practice a variety of standards?  You've come to the right place. Hopefully you'll find something useful in today's assortment.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, gingerbread activities, analog and digital time activities, time to the hour and half hour activities, telling time activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activitiesNo matter what grade I taught, my students LOVED making glyphs.
They are a quick, easy and fun way to practice listening and following directions.

They also provide a "hard copy" to use as proof that a child does or doesn't.
Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board, as each one will be different.

To practice data collection & analysis, as well as process of elimination, have students try and figure out who made some of the gingerbread glyphs. 

Click on the link to zip on over to Diane's Dollar Deals in my TpT shop to have a look:Gingerbread Glyph.

Another Dollar Deal is this 6-piece gingerbread man puzzle.  It's a quick, easy and fun way for your kiddos to practice numbers 1-6.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, gingerbread activities, analog and digital time activities, time to the hour and half hour activities, telling time activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activitiesPrint off the numbered, "color me" gingerbread pattern, along with the base.  Students color, cut him apart, then choose a partner to play the puzzle game.

Children take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll, they glue that piece of their gingerbread man to their worksheet.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, gingerbread activities, analog and digital time activities, time to the hour and half hour activities, telling time activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activitiesYou can also skip the gluing part, so that students can continue to play the game at home, or make this a center activity that you can use every year and run off on brown construction paper, laminate & trim.

Are you studying digital and analog time to the hour and half hour? Then "It's Time For Gingerbread" might interest you.

Use the clock cards as flashcards, puzzles & games
There are also 3 options for an analog gingerbread clock to use as a spinner game, or for whole-group assessing.

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, gingerbread activities, analog and digital time activities, time to the hour and half hour activities, telling time activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activitiesIf you're going to use the gingerbread man as a clock, have children attach a large and small paperclip with a brass brad.

Simply call out a time. Children manipulate the paperclips to show that time.
I've also included an assessment worksheet, a "Kaboom!" game, plus 2 cover options to make an Itty Bitty "My Telling Time" booklet. 

cob gin puzgingerbread shapes up covFinally, since 2D shapes is also a standard for us, I designed a gingerbread house craftivity, as well as a gingerbread cookie game and put them in a "Shaping Up With Gingerbread" packet. 

For that finishing touch, we sprinkled colorful confetti on the rooftop. 

Today's featured FREEBIE also has a gingerbread theme.  It's a set of number puzzles.  I hope you find them useful. 

gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, gingerbread activities, analog and digital time activities, time to the hour and half hour activities, telling time activities, 2D shape games, 2D shape crafts, 2D shape activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. My grandchildren are due any minute, so it will be a day filled with crafts and giggles.

Wishing you lots of love-filled moments. 

"Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting." -Unknown

 

 

 

 

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