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These activities must be played several times over many days using a variety of resources. The more you have to scaffold your child’s thoughts the more practice they need. That is to say if you ask your child a question and they give you a short / part explanation or none at all so that it requires you to ask another question, or prompt their thinking to explain further, this is scaffolding. Your questions, prompts, body language is guiding their thinking. Ideally we want the children to be able to speak / explain at length (in 3, 4, 5 sentences) independently. This demonstrates understanding.


This week: Shape!

Use the accompanying sheets to make the 3D shapes. Encourage your child to feel and count the faces, corners and sides.

Collect objects from inside and outside and using their own shape as a guide, look for the properties of the object they have found. How many faces, corners etc does it have? From this information your child can decide what group it goes in.

Have they got any objects which do not fit into any group? Can they tell you why? Decide the best option for these objects; find out what shape they are, create a new group, have a group of misfits?

Place the shapes they have made into a box, bag and blindfold your child. Can they identify the shapes just from touch?

Find 2D shapes in magazines, junk mail etc and make a picture / collage just using those shapes.

With the 3D shapes ask your child to build a model.

Initially they can make / build with what they have got in front of them.



  • ask your child to decide what picture / model they would like to make first,
  • mentally deconstruct it so they know which shapes they will need,
  • then go and find those shapes,
  • then build / make it.