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Shapes and Spaces at the Circus

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Shapes and Spaces at the Circus by Judy Gabrovec
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"Shapes and Spaces at the Circus", a blackline master activity book suitable for 6 to 8 year old children, uses the theme of the circus to introduce early spatial language and concepts. The activities are standards-based and provide children with the opportunity to develop early knowledge of: pathways; mazes; spatial features of 2-D shapes; spatial features of everyday objects; matching shapes; recognising the similarities and differences in shapes; describing possible functions of shapes; arranging shapes according to size, shape; symmetry; repeated patterns; tessellations; classifying shapes using spatial features; identifying shapes; spatial language; manipulating 2-D shapes; copying shapes; function of 2-D shapes; and ways in which 2-D shapes can move.

Some nets for 3-D shapes are included at the back of the book so children can begin early experimentation with these.

Games and activities involving handling, arranging, building, stacking, packing, and investigating these shapes are included in this book.

Ready-Ed Publications; June 2000
44 pages; ISBN 9781863973373
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Title: Shapes and Spaces at the Circus
Author: Judy Gabrovec; Melinda Parker

Circus Models

Use Plasticine or modelling clay to make the circus equipment for the circus performers.

1. Make a model of a circus tent.
What shape is the roof of the tent?

2. Make a cage for a lion.
What shape is the door of the cage?

3. Make three objects for the juggler to juggle.
Draw them below.

4. Make a stand for the seal to perform on. Put a seal balancing an on object on his nose on the stand.
What shape was the balanced object?

5. Make a shape for the clown to carry water in. Draw the shape below.

6. Make a top hat for the ringmaster to wear.
What shape is the top of the hat?

7. Make a ladder for the trapeze artists to climb up.
What shape is the outline of the ladder?

8. Make a drum, a triangle, and a guitar for the circus band to play.
What shape is the drum?

Finish the Clown

Draw a triangular shaped hat on the clown.
Draw a large round pompom on the top of the hat.
Decorate the hat with 3 triangles and 2 circles.
Place some square buttons on the clown’s shirt.
Draw some circles down the side of the clown’s pants.
Draw a lion behind the clown.
Put a rectangular shaped stand under the clown.
Color the picture.

(illustration provided)