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Shake It Up!


egg carton
permanent marker with a fine tip (adult only)
die (or small counter or coin)
4” tagboard shapes, 8 each: circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles


l Cut 4" tagboard shapes, making eight of each: circles, squares, triangles, and
l Mark the bottom of the inside cups of the egg carton with two circles, two
squares, two triangles, two rectangles, two stars, and leave two without any
What to Do
1. Explain to the children that the object of this game is to get rid of all your
2. Shuffle the shapes and deal them out to the players.
3. Show the players the egg carton. Explain that when a player shakes the carton
and opens it, he must keep it flat on the table to see where the die or counter
4. Ask the first player to put the die or counter into the carton, close it, and shake
it up. Remind him to put it on the table to open it and see where the die
5. If it lands on a shape, the player puts one matching tagboard shape in the
center of the table. If it lands on a star, he gets another turn. If it lands on an
empty cup, he loses his turn.
6. For a faster game, ask all the players to put shapes into the game pile every
time someone shakes the egg carton.
To assess the children's learning, consider the following:
l Can the child name the shapes?
l Can the child follow the game's directions?
Book: Learn Every Day About Shapes
Center: Math/Numbers/Reasoning
Topic: Shapes
Content: Mathematics
Area: Cognitive
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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