Silly Shape Man

Silly Shape Man is a children’s activity for beginning and emergent learners. This expandable exercise teaches shapes, body parts and two useful phrases.

Begin by drawing three shapes on the board.

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Teacher: “Silly Shape Man needs a ____________.” Point to your head and wait for a response. Once you get a response, ask,
“What do you want?” point to the shapes and wait for a response. Whatever shape the student chooses, draw it on the board for a head.

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Teacher: Silly Shape Man needs some __________.” Point to your eyes. Again wait for a response, and then ask,
“What do you want?” Whatever shape the student chooses, draw it on the board for eyes.

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Teacher: “Silly Shape Man needs a ________.” Point to your nose. Wait for a response, and then ask,
“What do you want?” Whatever shape the student chooses, draw it on the board.

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Teacher: “Silly Shape Man needs a _________.” Point to your mouth. Wait for a response, and then ask,
“What do you want?” Whatever shape the student chooses, draw it on the board.

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The first few times, the teacher will complete Silly Shape Man for the students. The students will soon understand and be able to make requests based on your prompts.

The activity is greatly expandable to the complete body, including such things as elbows, knees, fingernails and eyelashes. Any shape you can name and draw can be incorporated, stars moons, rectangles, hearts, diamonds and ovals.

And this is Silly Shape Man.

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