STREAM Activity: Snacks as Shapes

How many snack shapes can you identify?

Activity best for children age 4 and up

Think about your favorite snacks, what are they? Are they sweet, savory, or maybe sour? Do they melt in your mouth or are they crunchy? Now, think: What is their shape? Do you know? Today we’re going to find out!

In this activity we will be creating our own shaped magnifiers to help us identify the shapes of our favorite snacks!  While we can all agree that snacks are delicious, they are also so diverse in the way they look. There are so many shapes used to make all of these wonderful snacks. So let’s put those thinking caps on and get started!

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Materials you’ll need:

Construction paper

Pen or pencil

Scissors

Your favorite snacks

Guiding Questions:

What is the most common shape?

Were there any other shapes besides the ones we made?

Directions

STEP 1

Grab your pen/pencil and construction paper. Draw out a circle with a stem handle on your paper.

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STEP 2

Use your scissors to cut out the circle, inner circle, and stem you just drawed.

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STEP 3

Label each stem handle with the name of the shape. Then repeat with other shapes.

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STEP 4

Grab your favorite snacks and begin identifying what their shapes are with your new magnifiers.

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Reading Connections: 

The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds

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Math Connections: 

Shapes are geometry!

Geometry is math that deals with shapes and figures. Shapes are the starting point to understanding geometry.

Real-World Connections:

Can you identify other objects in these shapes that are not snacks? Walk through your home and see all the things that are in these shape groups.