Students will learn 2D Shapes through a fast-paced, fun game! This game reinforces student knowledge of 2-dimensional shapes through representations, “real life” pictures, number of sides, regular polygon definitions and names.
This is a modified form of the old favorite “Slap Jack.” The difference is that there is a center pile in addition to the player piles. The card turned over in the center pile indicates what card you are looking to slap. Once you slap the coordinating card, you turn a new card and begin to search for a new card to slap.
You can choose any format of cards to be the CENTER pile, so that kids can get review on the portion that they struggle with the most. They can focus on formats that they are more familiar using.
It is easily adaptable for Pre-K through 6th due to the inclusion of simple shapes such as: “heart” and circle, along with more complex shapes such as “scalene triangle” and “dodecagon.”
Variations of 2D Shape Slap It!:
- Use only the most common shapes. Pages 4 and 7 and the corresponding ‘real-life’ pictures.
- Do picture-to-picture correspondence by using pages 4-6 and 20-22 (or any matching selections from those pages.)
- Use all varieties of cards for a limited amount of shapes.
Use higher level shapes and leave out shapes such as: heart and star.
-I have included 2 word cards for oval/ellipse and diamond/rhombus. Use whichever word you wish.
-There are 7 triangles included. 6 specifically labeled ones and one general for lower levels. -The definition cards assume the attributes of a regular polygon.
-“Real life” pictures are not included for all shapes. They are included based on availability.
Instructions for 2D Shape Slap It!:
Create your deck of 10-20 cards for CENTER pile.
Use the other corresponding cards for PLAYING cards. 30-40 cards are recommended for a group of 2 players. (More copies will create a longer game.)
To play: 2-4 players
-Place the CENTER cards face down in a pile.
-Deal the PLAYING cards equally among players and place them face down in a pile in front of each player.
-Decide the first player.
-Flip over one of the CENTER cards.
-In clockwise order, players flip one card at a time. When a PLAYING card is flipped that matches the CENTER card: SLAP-IT! (matches will be in many formats)
-The first player to slap the card takes the center pile of cards that have been played and adds them to the bottom of their own pile.
-Flip over another CENTER card and continue playing, this time matching the new card that has been flipped over.
-Game is finished when time is up or one player has all the PLAYING cards.
Great partner or small group center!!
Some of our Favorite Shape Books for Kids:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
My First SHAPES Padded Board BookRound Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes (A Latino Book of Concepts)Tangled: A Story About ShapesMouse ShapesShapesShape by ShapeCaptain Invincible and the Space Shapes (MathStart 2)Circle, Square, MooseThis Is a Book of ShapesPerfect Square