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Revealing Hidden Shapes with u-nu

Shape recognition in the EYFS & KS1

Children discover and name new shapes created by combining pieces of u-nu™

This is a very straightforward question and answer dialogue between the practitioner and the child. As a child builds with u-nu™ they will inevitably create shapes that differ from the original geometry of the pieces they use. For instance when two squares are slotted into a curve shape at right-angles to each other, the interior of the structure creates a triangle. Ask children to find these hidden shapes. They could be described as secret shapes and this may lead to them holding special status in the narrative of the child’s play.

Some shapes they discover may actually be in the negative space between the pieces of u-nu™ encourage children to look for these shapes too.