Today I was honored to be able to review Shape Sorting Presents from Learning Resources and this was so much fun! The set is a simple concept: it comes with 6 different boxes and a set of 90 super durable and thick picture cards. In fact, there are no specific directions for how to use the materials, but rather a whole page of activity and intervention ideas for how to use it instead!
A couple of ideas from the suggested activities include:
Sorting – Set up all the boxes with the lids on and have children sort the shape cards into the correct boxes. When children have sorted all the cards, empty the boxes one at a time. Children can self-check their answers by looking at the shapes on the backs of the cards.
Shape Hunting – Give a child one shape box with a lid. Have the child find something in the classroom that is the same shape and can fit in the box. Bring the box back to the rest of the class and have them guess what is in the box. (Personally, I would play a version of 20 questions to help with the guesses). Repeat this activity for all the shape boxes.
Here are two intervention ideas listed:
Make It Simple – If sorting into all six shape boxes is too difficult for your child, reduce the number of boxes. You can also reduce the number of cards to sort.
Shape Walk – To further emphasize shapes in the “real world,” have children go on a “shape walk” either in the classroom, school, or neighborhood. Give each child a box or card to hold while walking. Encourage them to find a real-world shape that matches. As you walk with the children, ask them to point out and name different shapes they see. You could also take pictures of the objects and print them to make a shape book.
And those are just a few of the ideas listed by Learning Resources – there are more! I L-O-V-E the real-world idea and can even see using the cards as more of a vocabulary lesson than math in some instances. Just talking about words like kiwi, target, or wigwam will increase the basic knowledge of such things. This really can be used for so many ideas in the classroom during centers, whole group (throw a car under a doc cam), or during intervention periods!
Even better is that the boxes are cute (made to look like presents and all kids love presents) and are super sturdy with just the right size slit in the top. These boxes will hold up for quite some time. Same for the cards. They have a nice laminating on the outside – and all use real world pictures, not clip art.
Shape Sorting Presents would make a wonderful addition to any K-4 classroom (you could probably tweak the ideas to make it work for 5 and 6, but I am not sure the novelty will hold up with the big kids). Learning Resources has graciously agreed to give away one of these to one lucky reader here at The Organized Classroom Blog! Yay!
Pleas read the entry form below and submit to get entered, Good luck from Learning Resources and The Organized Classroom Blog!
Winner: Lisa H. – notified via email