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Differentiated shapes centers for the preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classroom! This resource is perfect for all developmental and cognitive levels of early childhood. The centers are fun, engaging, and offer challenges and reinforcement of basic skills.
This resource is set up with 3 levels of developmentally appropriate Shapes centers for the early childhood classroom. Every class is different, every student is different, so this resource gives you the option of starting out slowly, building on what your students know, and offering a challenge as skills are mastered.
Level 1: Shape Sort Turkeys! Square, Circle, Rectangle, Triangle, & Oval
This beginning level will help students practice identifying basic shapes. There are Turkey Mats with turkeys shaped like Circles, Triangles, Squares, Ovals, & Rectangles. There are cards with pictures of objects made of those same shapes. This is a straight shape-to shape match for those just learning shapes, or those who need practice or a review.
Level 2: 2-Part Puzzles, Self-Correcting 9 Shapes
This center activity builds on the sorting activity by introducing some more shapes while still exploring the first 5 basic shapes. Again we utilize the same shape turkeys used in the sorting activity and similar pictures as the cards in the first activity. The puzzles are set up so that ALL of the Circles are the same puzzle so that any circle picture will fit. It is the same for all the other shapes included in this activity. Squares, circles, ovals, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, heart, star, & rhombus!
Level 3: Look and Clip!
This activity builds on the first two. In this activity the shapes we are looking for are smaller. We use the same turkey shapes as the previous activities, and similar pictures of real-world objects! We add the bonus of using our pinching fingers to use clothespins to clip and mark the correct shape on each card! This is such a fun activity to assess fine motor skills and knowledge of basic shapes. My class loves these activities! Square, circle, rectangle, triangle, oval, hexagon, trapezoid, octagon, rhombus, star, pentagon!
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