Show the children the robot picture for 2 seconds and ask how many circles, squares, triangles or stars they saw! Print the preview and try it for yourself. Deceptively challenging yet fun.
This is a fantastic game, review or warm up activity I use with children ages 4-7. If there are parents in the room try a Students vs Parents battle. The students usually win.
ESL / Young Learners Theme:
Numeracy / Counting / Shapes
• 4 Color Robot Posters - pdfs - print these out as large as you can for the whole class to see.
• Instructions page.
Review the four basic shapes - star, circle, square and triangle. I of course recommend using The Shapes Song by myself and The Magic Crayons (in my store).
With the students seated in front of you VERY briefly (one or two seconds) show them one robot poster. Ask them “How many squares?”. Have every child give you an answer, or take votes on whether on what the total was. Once the votes are counted then open up the poster and count the shapes together with the class.
Be firm but fair! If they are way off the first time around announce proudly you are the Super Robot Champion, and repeat the game with another robot or shape. Second time around they should be more determined to beat you.
Some of the combinations are harder to guess than others. The circle mouse robot seems to be the most challenging.
I hope your students enjoy this as much as mine. It works well in the staff room too by the way. A quick sobriety test if ever there was one :-)
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