Geometric Cabinet

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Geometric Cabinet
Sensorial - Visual Discrimination of Form
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LevelPrimary
Age3 - 6
Prerequisitespincer grasp
Knobbed Cylinders

This activity teaches the child 2-dimensional geometric shapes and their names, preparing them for geometry.

Presentations

Introduction to the Shapes

  1. Take the presentation tray to a rug or table.
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  2. Pick any shape and lift it out by the little knob with your subdominant hand.
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  3. Hold the shape exposing the back side and run index and middle fingers counter-clockwise.
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  4. Allow child to trace the shape.
  5. Place the inset in an adjacent square.
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  6. Do the same with the other two shapes.
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  7. Do a three period lesson on the names of the shapes.
  8. To replace the shapes, first trace one of the frames with your dominant hand in a counter-clockwise direction.
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  9. Find the shape that matches and put back in place.
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  10. Later, do other lessons with three shapes at a time.
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Mixing and Replacing

  1. Take one of the drawers to a mat or table.
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  2. Remove one of the shapes and trace the back as before.
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  3. Place the shape below the drawer.
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  4. Do the same with the other shapes in the drawer. Place them in mixed-up order.
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  5. Trace the first frame as in the introductory lesson.
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  6. Look for the shape that fits the frame.
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  7. Trace the back of the shape.
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  8. Place the shape in the frame.
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  9. Replace the other shapes in the same way.
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  10. Later, select two drawers and mix the shapes from both. Replace as was done with one drawer.
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  11. Later, do the same with three drawers, then four. Eventually, the child may mix all six drawers together.
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Video

Points of Interest

Control of Error

The shapes with only fit in the correct frames.

Variations and Extensions

  • Have the child look for objects from the environment that are examples of each shape.

Materials

Make Your Own

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