Back-to-School Crafts

Stitching Up Shapes

Stitching Up Shapes is a back-to-school craft that teaches kids about circles, squares, and more. Kids also learn about stitching in the process. Here's how to do it:

What You'll Need:

  • Foam trays from fruits or vegetables
  • Pencil
  • Permanent markers
  • Colored shoelaces or yarn with taped ends

You can be a real teacher when you help young friends learn about circles, squares, triangles, and other shapes.

Step 1: First wash some foam deli trays well with hot water and soap. You may want to have an adult help you do this because the trays must be really clean.

Step 2: Dry the trays.

Step 3: Use a pencil to poke out the outlines of various shapes (triangle, circle, square, etc.). Leave 1/4 to 1/2 inch between each hole, depending on the size of the shape you want.

Step 4: Use a marker to write the name of the shape on each tray underneath the shape.

Step 5: To teach younger children the names of the shapes, help them lace up the outline with a piece of yarn or a shoelace. Show them the name of the shape that you have written. Make sure you tell your young students what a great job they did! Be sure that young children do not play with yarn or shoelaces without supervision!

If you're done shopping for school supplies, check out the craft on the next page to make Styling Book Covers that will brighten up your schoolbooks.

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