Making Shapes

Experiment with shapes to create unique greeting cards

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals:  art, language & literacy
  • Related Episode: Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble


  • art supplies (paint, brushes, glitter, etc.)
  • construction paper (folded in half)
  • eye droppers
  • sponges
  • trays


Use this simple art activity to explore shapes.

  1. Set up: Invite children to make a get-well card for someone they know. (If they don't know anyone who is sick, they can save the card for later, or give it to a doll or stuffed animal.) Provide a variety of art supplies. 
  1. Demonstrate: Show children how to open the folded paper, and drip or dab paint on one side. Then fold the paper again, press on it, and open. Now let your kids try. What shapes can they make? What does the painting remind them of?
  1. Make butterflies: Help children paint a simple wing shape on one side of the paper. Fold and press the paper. When the paper is opened, a butterfly shape is created. Your children can decorate their butterflies with spots, stripes, glitter, etc. 
  1. Write a message: Ask your children what they'd like their get-well messages to be, and write their messages in their cards. Encourage them to decorate the fronts of their cards, as well. 

Take It Further

Take your children outside to look at the clouds. Encourage them to talk about the shapes they can see as the clouds move in the sky.

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1.

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