With Christmas quickly approaching the children are trying to make gifts for one another and their friends. Of course they aren’t very good yet at matching their abilities to their imaginations and desires to make things so most of the figuring out what they should do falls on me! Thank goodness for Pinterest! I want them to make things that are useful and or beautiful and that they can make well with minimal help. I also want to choose projects that further the interests and skills they already have. For the boys that means things that involve wood, paint and glue while Mouse works primarily with cloth and paper. Jack needs some new activities for his school shelves so the boys got together and made him a tray game to learn his shapes and numbers. This was a really simple project for a 5 and 7 year old with minimal assistance.
- Wide craft sticks- you will need one stick for each side of a shape plus a few extras for shapes whose sides are different lengths
- Paint- we used watercolors
- Self-Stick Velcro Dots
- Permanent marker
- Lay out the shapes you desire. We made a triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, and trapezoid (the trapezoid requires two craft sticks for the bottom edge)
- Paint the sticks on both sides and allow to dry. The sides can be painted differently but each shape should be the same color on one side. For example: the triangle could be blue on one side and red on the other, while the square could be purple and green.
- Lay out the shapes again and fix Velcro dots to the ends of the sticks where they cross, making sure that each joint has a soft and a hard dot.
- Label the completed shapes with the shape name and number each stick. Number the bottom of the trapezoid with only one number as it is a four sided figure although it takes five sticks to make it.
- Lay each shape on a piece of felt or fleece. Trace around the outside of the shape and cut out. Write the number of sides in the middle of the fabric shape.
- Put the pieces of cloth and the sticks in a bin or bag.