This craft can be used to teach a variety of skills. You don't have to use all the thoughts for lessons... just choose the ones you're working on with your child.
There is a large version (3 templates) and a small version (1 template). The large version is a better choice if you're trying to give the children practice with their scissor skills.
Thoughts for Lessons:
- This craft has lots of nice large shapes to cut out -- good scissor practice!
- You can precut the template into separate pieces (roughly) to make it a bit easier for beginning crafters to cut out the pieces.
- have the children make a pile of all the shapes. Brainstorm items in the household that are the same shape (a plate is a circle, for example)
- verbally instruct the children on how to assemble the shapes using the colors of the shapes. (ie: Take the blue oval and glue it on the green oval.).
- show the children two shapes and ask -- is this one bigger, smaller or the same size as that one.
- Count the shapes.
- Count the shapes of separating them into piles of each type of shapes
- More/Less -- are there more ovals or more triangles? which shape has the most pieces? which shape has the least pieces? (questions like that)
- Glue the small circle as a head on top of the larger body circle.
- Glue the circle eyes and blue triangle to the head.
- Glue the triangle beak below the eyes.
- Glue the medium sized oval wings onto the sides of the body.
- Glue the triangle feet onto the bottom of the body.
- Glue the large colorful oval feathers onto the back of the body.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).