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Shapey Gapey

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Math/Numbers/Reasoning

Topic:

Shapes

Content:

Mathematics

Area:

Cognitive

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

cutouts of triangles, circles, rectangles, squares, diamonds, and so on (1 per child)



Instructions:

1. Give each child a shape cutout.
2. Sing the following song with the children to the tune of “Hokey Pokey,” inviting
them to hold out their shape when it is mentioned.
You put your (name of a shape) in,
You take your (name of a shape) out,
You put your (name of a shape) in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the shapey gapey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.
3. Repeat the verse, naming a different cutout shape each time.
4. For the final verse, sing: You put all your shapes in.


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