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Cereal Box Building

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Bob and his team design buildings big and small. Can your children build like Bob? Yes they can! Turn a cereal box into construction toys that encourage kids to experiment with design. 

Learning Goals
Planning
Concentration
Fine motor skills
Art

Materials
9” x 9” thin cardboard, such as cereal box
Craft knife or scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Paint (optional)

Directions
Paint each side of the cardboard. Once the paint is dry, use a ruler to mark a 3-inch by 3-inch grid. Use a craft knife or scissors to cut out the squares. Take one-third to one-half of the squares and cut them into circles and triangles. Once you have all your pieces cut out, cut four thin notches into all of the circles and squares and three thin notches into the triangles. Note: make sure the notches are narrow. If they’re too wide, the pieces won’t fit together. Encourage your kids to fit the shapes together and create constructions. Activities_cerealboxbuilding_1.jpg

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Talk About It
Helping your child build an early foundation in geometry can help him or her feel more confident in school. When you introduce shapes, it’s helpful to talk about corners, sides, and curves. For instance, a triangle has three sides and three corners. A circle has no corners—it has one big curve. 
 

Take It Further
Shapes are all around us providing lots of opportunities to talk about them. Ask your child what shapes builders might use to make bridges, houses, skyscrapers, or even stadiums. Ask your child if some shapes are better for building than others. It can encourage your child to think more about the shapes he or she sees every day.

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