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Gather everyone around in a circle. If this is you first time playing you could introduce it by saying you stopped by the doughnut shop this morning and you wanted to show them what you got. Introduce each shape by holding it up for all to see and ask them, “Do you know what shape this is?” After guessing, state the name of the shape and point out a characteristic that the students could recognize it by. For example, the Pentagon looks like a house (In later plays of this game you could count the sides together or compare side lengths- square vs rectangle). Set clear boundaries that the doughnuts stay in the middle and you can only choose one when we sing your name. Sing the doughnut shop song while patting your hands on your lap. Insert each child's name into the song. When they choose their doughnut, ask them say the shape's name. If they need help, they can ask a friend. Go around in a circle until everyone has had a turn. Try different variations of the game, listed down below in “bonus activities”.
Down around the corner, at the doughnut shop,
There were lots of little doughnuts, with sprinkles on top,
Along came , all alone…
is going to bring the… (child chooses doughnut here & states the name of the shape)
At the end, when everyone has their own shape you could…
I would recommend laminating these. Each shape sits flush together and are perfectly symmetrical. You can also use them as a traceable guide to make them out of cardboard or cardstock and have your students personalize their own.