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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.
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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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Deborah (Teach Preschool)

Wednesday 14th of April 2010

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

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Tuesday 13th of April 2010

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


Monday 12th of April 2010

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!