We asked our intern Allston Allison to complete one of the activities in our Teaching Resource packet created for the Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home virtual project. Allston chose this prompt: “Shape Houses: Provide an assortment of construction paper shapes: squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles. Have children glue a variety of shapes onto a large piece of construction paper to create shape houses. Ask them to describe their final project.”
Check out the Teaching Resource packet and the other activities by clicking here!
To create the activity, Shapes Houses, first use construction paper to cut an assortment of shapes, such as squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles. The shapes can be cut in different shapes and colors to make the activity more abstract. Then, children can glue the construction paper onto a large piece of paper to create houses of all different shapes and sizes. Encourage children to get creative and with the appearance of their houses! Finally, ask them to describe their final project.
Overall, Shapes Houses offers a unique perspective of what a community means. The activity shows the diversity of communities through shapes, sizes, and colors. This activity furthers the message of the Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home exhibition by drawing on ideas of community and diversity to explore the idea of home and what it represents.
Why don’t you try the activity yourself?