Description: Allow children to search in the garden and identify shapes.
Sheet containing drawings and names of geometric shapes.
Activity: Take your class on a "shape hunt" to identify shapes in the garden.
First ask children to name the types of shapes that they already know. Discuss the prepared sheet by identifying and naming the example drawings and names of geometric shapes.
Demonstrate how to look at plants, leaves, etc. to identify shapes. Tell the children that they will now hunt for shapes in the garden.
Tell each child or each pair of children to look in the garden and identify and draw at least six shapes.
Upon completing their hunt, gather again to discuss what types of shapes they discovered and where they found them. Compare all the different ways that similar shapes are found in the garden.
Depending on available time, have children go on a second hunt to find shapes that were not found the first time.
White, J., Barrett, K.D., Kopp, J., Manoux, C., Johnson, K. & McCullough, Y. (2006) Math in the Garden: Hands on activities that bring math to life. National Gardening Association: Burlington, Vermont.