### Activity Idea: Shape Scavenger Hunt

**Head Start QuickSource®**reminds us that math is everywhere:

*Shapes are everywhere! Children can learn to recognize, describe, and sort items according to size and shape simply by exploring their environment.*

Here's an activity called

**Shape Scavenger Hunt**that gets children excited about math with a "seek and find" game. Children will learn to recognize, describe, compare and name common shapes they find in familiar settings. For this activity you will need: poster board, contact paper, scissors, and markers.

**Before you start:**Draw and cut out various shapes – rectangles, circles, ovals, squares, etc. – on poster board using a marker. Use contact paper to make the cards extra durable.

**Discuss various shapes with the children using the shape cards. For example, a square has four equal sides, and a rectangle has two long sides and two short sides.**

*Let's Get Started!*

1)**2)**Can the children find the shapes in the classroom? A bulletin board is an example of a rectangle; a clock is an example of a circle, etc.

**3)**Go outside with the children to find more shapes.

**4)**Hold up a card featuring one of the shapes. Then challenge the children to find an example of that shape. A sidewalk is an example of a rectangle, a rock is a circle, etc.

*Furthermore...*Extend the activity by playing a game of "Shape I Spy." Say, "I spy a red circle. Can you find it?" Continue giving the children clues until the object is found. Have the children take turns being the spy.

If using POCET™, this activity corresponds to developmental guidelines

*MA8:***This activity also corresponds to the***Recognizes and Manipulates Basic Shapes.**Geometry & Spatial Sense element of the Mathematics Knowledge & Skills Head Start Learning Domain*.For more developmentally-appropriate activities, visit Teacher QuickSource® and browse through all age areas, including Preschool, Kindergarten, Infant & Toddler, and Head Start. Don't forget to explore activities promoting environmental awareness at Environmental QuickSource®.

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