Resources for Early Childhood Activity 1 – The Shape of Things

In these experiences, children will search for the shapes and colors that define both our natural and built environments.

This is one of 11 activities that can be found in PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood guideTo get the activity, attend a training either in person or online and receive PLT’s Early Childhood guide. Below are some supporting resources for this activity. 

STUDENT PAGES

Download the copyright free student pages that are included with this activity:

Family and Friends Page (PDF)

 

Spanish Student Page(s):

Familia y amigos (PDF)

RECOMMENDED READING

Expand your students’ learning and imaginations. Help students meet their reading goals while building upon concepts learned in this activity with the following children’s book recommendations:

FAMILY ACTIVITY

Try a simple variation of this activity to engage children in the outdoors at home. Download this fun and easy-to-do family activity.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Every month we carefully select new tools and resources that enhance PLT’s lessons. These include educational apps, videos, posters, interactive websites, careers information, and teacher-generated materials. Browse a chronological listing below:

  • Flat Smokey

    This printable cutout of Smokey Bear, courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, can be colored, shared on social media, and sent through the mail to help teach kids about preventing wildfires. Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history. Learn the Story of Smokey, find more activity ideas for kids and resources for elementary and middle school educators at SmokeyBear.com, and review these fire safety tips.

  • Photo Stuff With Ruff

    Based on the PBS animated digital series The Ruff Ruffman Show, this app helps students discover the “stuff ” their world is made of. The Photo Stuff with Ruff app can be used in the classroom as part of lessons exploring materials science. In this camera-based experience, students will learn about science by exploring their surroundings and taking pictures of different materials to complete silly scenes. Play it together and record and share your observations in fun, creative ways!

  • Early Childhood Education

    Are you looking to tap into the Early Childhood education arena? Visit All Education Schools’ clearinghouse of early childhood education resources to explore professional organizations, licensing and credentials, reliable research, educator blogs, and more – all related to Early Childhood. Whether you’re just embarking on an early childhood education career or already work with children, you’ll find plenty of useful information.

  • Tree Product Images

    Print-out pages containing many examples of everyday products that come from trees! 

  • Variation on the Art Experience

    Try this variation on the Art experience “decorate binoculars.”  It uses small plastic bottles instead of cardboard tubes to make binoculars.  They are sturdy and provide a great reinforcement to recycling.

  • AllTrails

    A free app that can be downloaded onto Apple and Android devices. AllTrails helps users to get out and discover the outdoors. Use it to plan a national park visit, find a hiking path near home, or map a new trail of your own! AllTrails can help you find local places to run, hike, bike, fish, and more in the outdoors. You can even upload photos and images to trails you create.

  • Fairy Tale

    A free app that can be downloaded onto Apple devices. This story production tool can be used to create a personal story and enhance it by adding your own drawings, audio, and animation. The illustrations can be moved, expanded, reduced, or rotated with touch, and you can record your own voice as narrator.

  • Easy Chart

    A free app that can be downloaded onto Apple or Android devices. This is a good tool for teachers and classrooms. Easily create bar, line and pie charts that you can customize, save and e-mail or upload. The charts you create can be saved using multiple color schemes and in multiple sizes. The app also works without an internet connection.

  • Learn Sign Language

    Learn sign language by using a free app that can be downloaded on Apple  or Android devices. This app introduces users to the world of communication by sign language. You learn from video clips, choosing from a wide variety of topic areas, including weather, colors, animals, shapes, feelings, family words, and more. Other free language apps are also available (Spanish, French, Italian, German, etc.)

  • Shape Bugs

    Have students mastered their basic shapes?  If so, try having them put different shapes together to create shape bugs and spiders!

  • Cloud viewer template

    Print and cut out this template and attach it to a stick for some cloud watching. You will have expert cloud identifiers before you know it!

  • Nature’s Alphabet

    Where is A? Where is Z? Under a rock? In a tree? Go outside and see.  Use this pictorial guide to discover the alphabet in nature.  

  • Cut-out Shapes

    This labeled shape template for a triangle, circle, oval, diamond, star, rectangle, and square to make shape necklaces or bracelets.

  • Make Twig Shapes

    Make Twig Shapes (pdf) – Math and manipulatives

  • Epic! For Educators

    Are you looking for new literature connections to support your favorite PLT lessons? This growing Epic! online library offers thousands of picture books, chapter books, early readers, and even nonfiction books (think Common Core Connections!) that elementary teachers can access free of cost. Registered users receive unlimited access to books and customized recommendations for readers’ age levels and interests. Epic! is available for iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.

  • Nature Maestro® App Series

    With Nature Maestro®, sound recordist and composer Dennis Hysom is your guide. Use this series of applications to explore sounds in nature. You might compose a soundscape for the rainforest, build a nature scene using audio paired with imagery, and discover fun facts about animals all along the way. Immerse yourself in these biomes to compose and share creative soundscapes and then share them with others.

  • Tangram Puzzle

    Tangram Puzzle (pdf) – Math and manipulatives

  • Leaf Shapes

    Leaf Shapes (pdf) – Use these leaf outlines with the “Dance with leaves” group experience. If you are unable to collect real leaf examples from your home or schoolyard, consider using these colorful photographed alternatives.