Monday, March 29, 2010

Using Shapes to Create Pictures

I don’t know how many of you watch television with your kids, but I do.  Not a freakishly high amount, but just enough to make me feel guilty some days.  I try to rationalize it by saying the shows are educational.  Let’s face it, Curious George is educational.  Way more than Max & Ruby.  Besides, Max is rude and Ruby is bossy. 

Okay I am getting off track.  We have started watching Team Umizoomi.  It is one cool show!  It is all about math.  They use math to solve problems.  Each episode talks about shapes and patterns.  Really neat.  And the song is catchy, “I see anything.  On my belly, belly, belly screen.” 

So Team Umizoomi inspired a project at our house.  I got out the construction paper and started cutting shapes.  I cut out squares, rectangles, triangles, and trapezoids (I like to say trapezoids).  I didn’t cut out any circles, though.  I got the wheel shaped pasta out for those.


I drew some shapes on the paper to make some trucks and cars.  Right now Cole is talking about transportation at preschool, so I thought this would be fine to tie into that.  Cole matched up the cut out shapes to the shapes on the paper.

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We also talked through a few vehicles without an outline to go by.  We experimented with some shapes and where to place them.  After ignoring some silly suggestions by Mom, Cole made a train and a car.


We had a lot of fun doing this craft.  It was easy, fast, and fun.  Best of all we learned about math, deduction, and problem solving.  Who would have thought gluing some paper and pasts would do that?  ;-)  Try it.


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  1. I see you already have a blog hop but do you mind sharing this on our math links blog hop? It's a wonderful activity which I want to try also and I'm sure many others will appreciate! Here's the link:


  2. I hope you don't mind that I shared my link elsewhere, but I'm proud of myself for making the photo puzzle cubes I linked up and want to show them off :)

  3. ps I think this activity is so cute and I'm definitely going to try this with my son!

  4. Very cool. What channel is that on? I haven't heard of it.

  5. My daughter loves that show! She is going through a phase where she pretends they are always with us, they go everywhere with us. That looks like a fun project!

  6. That is so cute - and very academic! I love it!!

  7. Math is soooo fun! I've never heard of that program. Is it on PBS?

  8. NIce project! I think I will do this with my son tomorrow.


  9. Lol i think the same thing about Max & Ruby loL!

    My son likes team umizoomi, and I too let it slide since some of those cartoons are educational.. my 2 year old is speaking spanish!
    Thats a neat idea i may try that with my son later on this week! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. I love how you get so creative and make learning fun!

  11. You are so creative! I would have never thought to use the wagon wheel pasta for tires! My Sprout will love this!

  12. I've never heard of Team Umizoomi. What channel is it on?

  13. WHat a great idea! I really need to check out that show. I've seen it on the list, and my 4 year old would LOVE doing this!

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