Shape Scavenger Hunt

It seems that our weekly FIND activity, never seems to go as planned. This week, I had planned to do a long walk through our downtown area in search of shapes. My plan was to have a simple chart of 2-3 shapes for EJ to reference (she would just tell me what she was finding so we could discuss/reinforce it a bit). Jack would have a larger list of more complicated options and he would write in the objects he found to fit each shape. However things did not go as planned because Olivia ended up looking like this...

{post-benadryl pic to give you an idea of the number of bug bites she has without scaring you with the insane swelling & grossness...and because after the benadryl & a nap she started smiling!}

I just couldn't risk having her get more mosquito bites while she is still recovering from this batch. So, Plan B was hatched last minute. We had a few places to go by car, so we developed a quick system to search for four basic shapes while we drove in the car. The system was simple...Jack took a small notepad and divided it into 4 sections. He drew one shape per section and then kept track with tally marks as EJ & I shouted out the shapes we found (he also searched when he could).

We searched for diamonds...

and found lots of road signs along our path! It is construction season of course, but there were also tons of directional signage on diamond-shaped signs too (especially at interstate splits).



We searched for triangles...

and again found lots of road signs (our interstate is a shape mecca), but we also found some great building signs, awnings and roofs forming triangles, and EJ found a lot of these.



We searched for circles...

and had to get a bit more creative to find more than just the circle in the word STOP. I discovered the circles in stoplights once we hit downtown...

and Jack got really good at spotting the new parking machines (and the signs for the machines too).

{photo courtesy of onmilwaukee.com}


Lastly, we searched for squares...

and found it is much tougher than you might think. Most of the things you'd think were squares are really rectangles. We did see some business signs and really lucked out whenever we happened upon a square window, or even better, a glass block window like this one!

{photo courtesy of JeromeProphet}


In the end, circles won by a long shot (circles-123, diamonds-63, triangles-54, squares-42) on our hunt. I think keeping the number of shapes low made it easier for everyone to participate. After awhile, it seemed to work out that EJ spotted the obvious shapes (like road signs or things we had found previously) and Jack & I started looking for the shapes in more interesting areas (like buildings, fences, negative space in signage). This would make a great car game for a longer trip as well. It turned out to be a lot of fun.

I would still like to try our walking shape search, but I'm really glad that my kids are willing to "roll with it" when things change on us!
Jackie G said...

great game! We use that as a road game a lot seeing as we road trip it a lot! Kids like to take walks around the 'hood and see what different kinds of shapes (or colors or objects) they can find too. It's amazing what such a simple little game can do for the brain and for some together time :)

southern daze said...

Poor Olivia! When I was about 6 or 8 I ended up with so many mosquito bites on my feet they looked about three times their size. I'm sure my mom was afraid they'd never look normal again. All I remember is how badly my feet itched. Totally rivaled how I felt when I had the chicken pox.

Hope she's feeling better soon!

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

ohmyword!!!! that poor baby!!

love the shape game you clever mama you! ;)

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