As part of a revision of our shape focus we made some Shape Monster Glyphs. I stumbled across these on Pinterest and the idea comes from here. We decided to give them a go. This was pretty much a one on one activity so we did it during our afternoon session which is generally a free play session. We have access to an extra Education Assistant during this time so we use her skills for activities such as this or for small group work with children that need help in one area.
I explained to the children that a glyph was a way to visually show information or data. We read through the instructions and the children were able to choose one of 4 favourite shapes to use as their face. They used a template to draw their favourite shape from their favourite colour. If the child chooses a circle or a square as their favourite shape then their monster had 3 eyes. If their favourite shape was a rectangle or a triangle then their monster had 1 eye. If the child was a boy the monster had a rectangular mouth and if the child was a girl it had a semi-circle for a mouth.
Now we can look at them displayed on our windows and quickly see how many girls and how many boys are in our class. Just for the record this year we have an abundance of girls (13) to boys (6). Last year we had the opposite with 21 boys and 7 girls. We can also tell how many people like the triangles, how many like circles and that no-one’s favourite colour is grey! I love how this activity uses a lot of mathematical concepts; shape, colour, representing data, problem solving and counting.