Squares in a Shape

To get ready for this Squares in a Shape activity, take 5 0r 10 square blocks (or cut squares from foam or paper if you don’t have the blocks) and arrange them in a shape on a piece of paper. Trace around the outside of the shape.
squares in a shape

Then, I gave B 5 squares (and 10 for the larger shapes) and said, “Here are 5 squares, can you figure out how they fit into this shape?” At first he was putting them inside the shape but not paying attention to the lines. After I showed him how to do a few he caught on was able to do the rest by himself. When we finished he said “I want to do more of these!”.

squares in a shape

You can also estimate how many squares will fit into the shape first and then check your prediction.

squares in a shape

I love how simple this activity is to put together and how you can easily vary the difficulty level.

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  • Reply Melissa: Mother to 3 Little Sprouts

    Cute, Simple Idea! Thanks for sharing!

    April 12, 2010 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Jen

    very cool!

    April 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Joyful Learner

    The orange squares make the activity look so warm and inviting (vs. the darker shade of blue tiles)! You can also ask him to make a shape and outline it. So much fun! Thanks for linking me!

    April 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    Love it! Aiden loves playing with our Math-u-see blocks and this would be a great activity to occupy him while I’m trying to help my daughter with her math!

    April 12, 2010 at 11:20 pm
  • Reply Raising a Happy Child

    I also thought that this idea is great, but I am yet to implement it.

    April 13, 2010 at 4:30 am
  • Reply Deborah (Teach Preschool)

    Wonderful idea! You can really go off in many directions with this:)

    April 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm
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