Younger kids can start by matching colours to find matching shapes. They can the count the sides to determine the shape and they can try and identify all 13 two dimensional shapes in the picture. This plate also introduces the concept of 3D shapes, such as cubes, pyramids and cylinders which can be a talking point between carer and child during mealtimes. For children 2-4 years old:
- Ask them to tell identify all the colours on the plate.
- Ask them to find the 3 yellow circles.
- Ask them to find the 7 red triangles.
- Ask them to count the sides of the pentagon, hexagon, heptagon and decagon.
- Ask them to find the 2 pentagons and the 3 squares.
- Ask them to point to the star and semi circles and ovals.
- See if they can find other 2D shapes in their environment, such as rectangular photo frames, round plates, square floor tiles, a crescent moon, triangular school crossing sign or an octagonal stop sign.
- Introduce the idea of 3D shapes, like spheres and cylinders etc and try to identify some around the kitchen (a cylindrical baked beans can or spherical watermelon).
For children 5-8 years old:
- Ask them to find and name all 13, 2D shapes on the plate.
- Ask them to find all the squares, pentagons, circles, semicircles, ovals and triangles on the plate.
- See if they can tell you other shapes in the environment that may be a diamond shape or an octagon or heptagon shape? Such as a kite, road signs, a 50 cents coin.
- Introduce the idea of 3D shapes, like cubes, spheres, pyramids and cylinders etc and try to identify some around the kitchen (a cylindrical baked beans can or a spherical watermelon or meatballs, a cubed ice or cheese).