Whenever we are out and about, the preschooler spots shapes- on signs, on logos, in cracks on the pavement… Wherever we are, he is constantly pointing out triangles, circles and rectangles. I’ve been wanting to set up a shape trail for a while but never got round to it, and as it turns out I didn’t actually need to set anything up at all! Today we took a walk in the woods by our house and found that Mother Nature had already been and set up a shape trail for us.
In some places, trees had fallen and made interesting shapes, and little nooks and crannies to hide in. Some trees had grown into den shapes and had hollows in their trunks where ‘fairies were hiding’. Everywhere we looked, shapes were lurking!
The preschooler enjoyed running, climbing, bending and stretching. This was an excellent opportunity for me to introduce our theme for next week, as we are going to be looking at ‘ourselves’. It was also an excellent opportunity for the children to enjoy being outside, climbing trees and having fun!
And while the preschooler and I were spotting shapes, The Big One was busy looking for the perfect tree to climb. And she found it!
Shape trails are a fantastic way to get the kids outside and learning while they have fun. You can make clues for older children, hide shapes in the trees, or just look for the shapes that Mother Nature has left for you. It’s a great way to get children thinking about shapes and patterns, and there is nothing like getting dirty while climbing a tree!