An educator once mentioned a game where the kids swat a pretend bug to match up rhyming words. We’re not there yet, so I gave this idea a try on a more basic level with shapes. Those who have a bit of letter recognition under their belts would use the word for the shape only instead of an obvious cut-out. They can spell it one letter at time until it matches with the particular shape on your sign or poster (before we had guides on the wall, I used the pieces of a shape puzzle as stencils to draw them on paper.)
Sidebar: I just noticed my ballet flats in the shot. Found them at Walmart for $5.87!
Select a random shape from the deck (little pieces of paper for the cut-outs or the actual words) from a box. The youngest in the bunch was assigned this most important task as you can see. If you have access to a printer and are familiar with MS PowerPoint, then you know you can use their Insert button to add Clip Art (that’s where we found our “Fly”) along with Shapes feature for each one used. If not, you can simply draw a bug inside shapes (which is probably more fun to do and a bonus arts & crafts project.)
Below are the materials we used:
- An empty tissue box to randomly select the shape cut outs and/or word cards. (In general by the way, it’s fun to keep these around to hide safe items for the little ones to find and/or place things in if it’s empty.)
- Fly swatter (we had two and took turns in pairs.)
- Paper (I use scraps handy in our recycle bin for the deck.)
- Optional: Construction Paper as a background for shape bug print-outs.
These need to be filled in at some point so maybe we’ll play a Color Bug swat game next or list a variety of insects for a nature lesson. The possibilities are endless, right?
Hope you like this activity idea.
Kids keep me busy with things like this but so does the kitchen and the food happens here.