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Pre-K YOUR Way: Sea Salt Shapes

Materials Needed

  • One (1) bottle of Elmer’s Glue
  • One-quarter (¼) cup Sand
  • One-quarter (¼) cup Salt
  • One (1) Piece of Paper
  • One (1) box of Markers
  • One (1) Small Paintbrush


Step 1: On a blank piece of paper, the adult should draw:

  • one small triangle
  • one large triangle
  • one small square
  • one large square
  • one small circle
  • one large circle
  • one small rectangle
  • one large rectangle


Step 2: Place 1/8 cup of Elmer’s Glue in a paper cup.

Step 3: Ask the child to find the “small triangle”.  Have them put glue on one side, then add some salt.

Step 4: Ask the child to identify the rest of the small shapes and paint them with the salt.

Step 5: Ask the child to find the “large rectangle”. Once they find it, have them put glue on one side of it and add some sand.

Step 6: Ask the child to identify the rest of the large shapes and paint them with sand.

Step 7: Ask the child the following questions:

  • How many triangles are there?
  • How many circles are there?
  • How many squares are there?
  • How many rectangles are there?
  • How many small shapes are there?
  • How many large shapes are there?

Step 10: Allow the child to place the shapes into the dramatic play/pretend play area, adding the shapes to different creations. Can they label each object by shape and size in a new play space?

Learning Objectives

Shape Identification
Size Identification
One to One Correspondence
Sensory Activities

Following Directions
Using Descriptive Words
Answering Open-Ended Questions
Vocabulary Development

Problem Solving
Understanding Opposites

Motor Skills
Fine Motor: Gluing
Fine Motor: Grasp

What is one thing you learned about your child during this activity?

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