Shapes Process Art Game

Shapes Process Art Game



  • Die, or Foam Die with Dry Erase Marker
  • Foam Die= With a dry-erase marker, draw 2 rectangles, 2 squares and a heart on one die. Or any combination of 3 shapes.
  • Set up on a table:
    • A paper for each child
    • Glue for each child
    • Some of each shape to glue onto papers.
    • Other random items children can glue onto their art.

Game benefits and directions:

  • Exercise. The benefit of a foam die from the $store, they can throw it within a controlled area. They become really excited, every turn, to read their number.
  • Following Directions and Memory:F  After the child rolls the dice, I have him leave it until he identifies the number and yells it.  This helps the child follow a direction and remember while he walks back to his art paper.
  • Find a shape paper that matches the shape that he rolled,  and glue it on the paper. Repeat after each turn.
  • After 5 or 10 turns, or when the children appear bored, the game ends.
  • Give child(ren) the option of finishing their art by gluing random items provided onto their paper.


I chose squares and rectangles because they were challenged in telling the difference between those two shapes. I have observed they memorize easier if I teach using comparison.  I chose an easily recognized shape for the third shape, so they only had to really THINK for square vs rectangle.

I allowed the children to both run and see what the other child had rolled, however, we only had 2 children playing this. I doubt I would allow more then 2 children at a time run to look at the dice.


I set up liquid glue and a paintbrush for each child.  The paintbrush helps with finemotor, provides less glopping and mess.  I try to alternate between using glue sticks or liquid glue with our art. Also, I don’t have to say “don’t use too much” because the paintbrushes are small. 

$store paintbrushes, elmer’s glue, or Aileen’s tacky glue for bulkier items like poms.

I use recycled container lids to pour paint and glue in. Jar lids are an example of the best depth/width.

The random items I placed out were in my “bits and pieces” box. A photobox I keep misc crafty type bits like leftover scraps of paper, google eyes, stickers and seasonal items that we didn’t use all of=not enough to save, and small items I find floor after official cleanup. HAHA. 


Everytime we play this game its a big success to get their energy out in a focused, non rambunctious way. Moving from the game to finish the art is an easy transition.

Snowball Fishing

Snowball Fishing

snowball fishing

Book: Any snow themed book. We are reading:



  • container
  • cotton balls
  • bells of different sizes
  • Wooden spoons
  • containers to put snowballs into

Another last minute activity I threw together, as a result of being stuck inside!  

Activity builds:

  • fine motor prewrite skill
  • counting
  • patience
  • following directions
  • cooperation, taking turns
  • sensory exploration
  • coordination
  • science-how things move, gravity

Fill bin halfway with cotton balls, and at least 5 bells per child. 

Game: Explain to students: Get bells out by using spoon, using only ONE hand. Each child gets one turn to  attempt to fish out a bell. At the end of the game, have child count their own bells and the one with the most wins!


Independent play activity. Encourage children to dump the bell into the container only using THE SPOON.  I also allowed the children to remove some cotton balls and play with after activity if they wanted.

Extension: Substitute the bells with different objects, or smaller objects to continue skill building. Substitute heavier spoons such as a metal ice cream scoop, for hand strength building. 

BOOKS NOTE: I order and check out our theme books from the library, usually about five if  there are that many. Since we started with hibernation, then artic animals, we are now moving to snow. We just had another snow storm and the subject is very relatable! However, if we were only having a “cold” winter, I might do this activity while reading about ICE and maybe show a video and talk about ice fishing. This is an example of choosing books that are as relevant as possible, AND interesting.

I thought they would be bored with snow books after covering different aspects of winter from december through January. If they lose interest before winter ends, I will shift it to winters are different depending on where one lives.  Always have a back up aspect for your theme!


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Watch and See what happens Ice Science: no prep Preschool STEM

Watch and See what happens Ice Science: no prep Preschool STEM


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  • Supplies:
  • Ice, Salt, Seasoning Salt in containers, set out on a tray.
  • Bubble wrap, plastic sandwich bag
  • Flashlight
  • Cloth for wiping up spilled water


Sneezy the Snowman

INTRO:  Read interactively books which involve melting snow, artic, hibernation. We checked out Sneezy the Snowman from library and read it again, right before activity.

sneezy the snowman story

Above is a You Tube Read Aloud link for Sneezy the snowman.

We had been studying artic animals/ hibernation, observed our mini snowmen melt over days; so it was natural for children to put Sneezy the Snowman book AND the Ice experiment together for comprehension of  the 3 states of ice, gas-liquid-solid. I interjected “gas” a couple of times but mainly we focused on the cool stuff the ice did!

snowball fishing (2)

Mini snowman, we built this inside, if snow isn’t available-used crushed ice.


Tray setup



PART 1- Melting Ice basic experiment

  1. Each child recieves 3 pieces of ice.
  2. Explain what we are going to do.
  3. Direct children to pour epsom salt on 1 ice piece, seasoning salt on 1 ice piece and the plain ice piece is for comparision.
  4. Encourage them to watch and see what happens. Ask if anything is different, what is it? Why is it? 


0115191001gPART 2- Melting ice extension, or continue later or next day.

  1. Each child recieves 3 pieces of ice.
  2. Explain what we are going to do.
  3.  Ask child to wrap a piece of ice in bubble wrap and set aside on tray.
  4. Ask child to put a piece of ice in baggie, close it, set aside on tray.
  5. Repeat Part 1.
  6. Pass out flashlights, encourage children to keep talking about what is happening and why.
  7. After a few minutes, or when children get bored, have children unwrap the ice in the bubble wrap and remove from baggie.
  8. place both pieces on tray next to control piece. Did ice melt at all, which melted fastest, why and how?

This activity worked great for me as a last minute activity on an stay inside day!

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