Teaching children about different angles, their names, how to measure them or identify them correctly can be really boring.
But, does it have to be?
Of course, no.
If you gamify learning, there is no way your children will run away from learning, studying or wanting to spend more time trying to understand concepts.
Trust me, I have seen the difference in the attitude of my son. Once I started gamifying concepts, he makes an effort to understand it (does not just mug it up!) and if he doesn’t, he tries even more.
In this post, we will go over 6 fun and interesting activities that can help children in learning and understanding angles.
But, before we start, let’s have a few comic strips printed and hung on their room walls.
I stuck these two for my son and he was motivated to learn angles. Wondering, why?
Because, like others, he also wanted to understand and laugh at these jokes. He was really curious to know what is so funny about these.
So, let’s look at a few activities –
1. Rock, paper and scissors but with different angles
As the name suggests, this game is similar to rock, paper and scissors but with different gestures (see the picture below).
The first gesture is for obtuse angle, second for acute, third for straight angles and fourth for right angles.
The rules will go like these –
1) Obtuse Angles beat Acute Angles
2) Acute Angles beat Right and Straight Angles
3) Right Angles beat Obtuse Angles
4) Straight Angles beat Obtuse and Right Angles
Children will take sometime to get a hang of this but when they do, it will be a lot of fun. You can also play this activity literally anywhere (even in your car!).
If you are not aware of rock, papers and scissors, you can watch this YouTube video –
2. Measure angles in a picture
Do you remember connecting the dots and finishing a picture when you were young?
I did a lot of those. In fact, I really enjoyed doing it.
You will need similar images for this activity. However, there is one really important difference when you will be connecting the dot this time.
Ensure that the lines have angles and they are not curved from anywhere (i.e. they should not be rounded).
Look at the picture to understand what I am referring to. Do you see how they have drawn the dog with straight lines with no curved edges?
Do exactly that!
Source: Teach Starter
Once you have collected a few pictures like these, ask your kid to find different angles and write them down. For example, ask him/her to find all the acute angles in this picture and mark them.
3. Use washi tapes on tables or boards
Do you have a dining table, study table or a side table at home? Clean it up because we will use it here.
For this activity, you will need washi tapes, whiteboard markers and a protractor.
Ask your kid to draw patterns with the washi tapes (look at the image below). Once they have done that, ask them to find angles on it and write it down using the marker.
You can also ask them to write down the type of angle (obtuse, acute, straight or right angles) it is.
If you do not have the tape, you can always use a chalk or a whiteboard marker.
Source: Runde’s Room
4. Use your own name
Ask your kid to write down their names on a grid paper without using any curved edges (look at the image below).
Now, ask them to find angles in their name and write it down using a different colored pen.
Source: Runde’s room
This is super fun and one of my son’s favorite activity.
5. Door angles
This is a fun little activity you can let your kids do in their room.
Ask them to measure different angles the door can make. Guide them through 2-3 angles and let them find out the rest.
Make sure they understand what they are expected to do.
You can use a washi tape for this activity and if you do not mind, use a permanent marker on the tiles. Every time they walk inside the room, they will look at the angles and remember them better.
Something like this –
There you go.
If you follow these activities, you will definitely see your kids interested in learning angles.