Shapes are everywhere and make up everything. That makes them a great thing to study. In this episode of Adventures in Learning, we go on a shape hunt.

We gave the kids a camera and a list of shapes (actually, we put shapes in a grab bag), and set them off to snap what they could find.

Giving kids a camera to capture shapes lets them turn their photos into art work for the house. Then, it becomes a reinforced lesson in shapes and the idea their they’re everywhere. Ooh, it’s like Inception. Mind blown.

Since most of the teaching part of this is very loose and easy—just a stroll around town—I thought it’d be fun to take a laid back approach to displaying the kids’ photos. Here are three easy ideas for displaying all those pictures the kids snapped along the way.

Photo Jars

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We first saw this idea in an office, where polaroids of the staff were placed inside individual mason jars. All you need to do for this one is print out a photo and place it inside a jar, seal and display. A row of them looks great on a shelf. High up of course, if there are little ones in the house.

Window Gallery

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Looking for a fun, slightly unconventional way to create a gallery space in a child’s room? Tape pictures to the window and draw frames around them with dry erase markers. It’s easy, inexpensive and the kids can switch out their gallery and make notes at a whim.

Cardboard Frames

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Cardboard or Foam Core frames are super easy to make. Simply tape the photo to a piece of board and have your child trace a frame around it using a marker or crayons. Attach a ribbon or piece of twine across the back with hot glue and it’s ready to hang. You can make this even easier by skipping the ribbon and proping up the photos with books or toys.

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About Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer Cooper is the blogger behind Classic-Play.com, an online resource for creative families.  Her favorite past times include: dancing around her living room, watching the Pink Panther with her kids and daydreaming. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, photographer Dave Cooper, and two children. 

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  • Molly

    I love this idea because you can adapt it to your kids’ skill level, and you can also swap out the shapes for some other camera scavenger hunt themes (words, colors, etc). Also, the window gallery idea is fantastic!

    This is a very charming series.

  • Rebecca Robinson

    I watch “Barney and Friends” with my animal cut-outs. My wolf cut-out likes “Barney and Friends”. Someday my coyote/Dalmatian cut-out will learn astronomy. My wolf/Dalmatian cut-out has green eyes. I think “Barney and Friends” is a good TV show. My zebra cut-out likes “Barney and Friends”. He also likes “Baby First TV”. I will teach my animal cut-outs shapes. My coyote/Dalmatian cut-out has brown eyes. My wolf/Basset hound cut-out has green eyes. My mouse/elephant cut-out also has green eyes. My mouse/elephant cut-out is three days old. My wolf/Basset hound cut-out likes “Barney and Friends”.

  • william wizard

    Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing at the Discover & Explore linky .