Teaching your child to draw intersecting and parallel lines lays the foundation for their writing skills, amongst other benefits. Certain activities provide a deeper understanding of these concepts to your child – find out which now!
Knowing the basic concepts of geometry like intersecting and parallel lines set the foundation for your child’s learning and understanding, so it’s extremely important that they don’t miss out on them. Your child has reached the ripe young age where it’s time to learn how to draw parallel and intersecting lines, but how do you explain the concepts of these lines theoretically or technically?
Look no further, we’re here to help! Read on to find five engaging tricks to help teach these basic geometrical lines to your little mathematician.
1. Use Alphabets
Using simple alphabets is a brilliant way to teach parallel and intersecting lines. Take a sheet of paper and pencil and draw two vertical parallel lines of the capital alphabet ‘H’. Tell your child that these two are parallel lines that make the alphabet ‘H’. Join them in their mid and complete ‘H’. Now, teach your child to draw the capital alphabet ‘X’. Explain that the two lines that cross each other making the alphabet ‘X’ are known as intersecting lines.
2. Teach Math Yoga And Exercises
Learning the concept of parallel and intersecting lines by performing yoga and exercises is a fun activity that will help your kids grasp and learn the concept of these basic geometrical lines quickly. Tell kids to lie on their back on the ground such that their bodies are parallel to each other representing the parallel lines and making the concept clear. Instruct two kids to lie on their back on the floor such that their bodies are perpendicular to each other. Their heads should lie near each other at the point of 90 degree angle. Tell them to stretch their hands above their heads on the ground so that their hands intersect representing the intersecting lines. Kids will enjoy learning geometric lines this way and soon learn to draw them on the paper.
3. Play ‘Simon Says’ Game
Teach kids to stand and raise their arms straight up and tell them that their raised hands represent parallel lines as they don’t cross each other. Tell kids to stretch their hands in the front, such that their hands are parallel to the ground, and then tell them to cross their arms such that their hands make an ‘X’. Make them understand that their crossed hands represent the intersecting lines. Now, call out ‘Simon says parallel’ and your kids should raise their hands straight up. Then, call out ‘Simon says intersecting’ and your kids should stretch their arms straight in the front and cross them making an ‘X’. ||
4. Geometry Scavenger Hunt
Kids love scavenger hunts, and these hunts can be utilized well in teaching different concepts! First, make your kids understand of parallel lines and intersecting lines. Provide a notepad and a pen to each kid and tell kids to find parallel and intersecting lines in various areas of your house, such as tiles, artwork, table and desk, flooring, walls, ceiling, etc. and make a note of their findings on their notepad. The child who comes with maximum number of findings of these basic lines is the winner.
5. Use Vegetables
Kids are often fond of playing with foods and vegetables. So, use elongated vegetables, such as carrots, to teach your kids the concept of parallel and intersecting lines. Take two long carrots, place them parallel to each other, and tell your kids that these are parallel lines. Now, place two long carrots making a cross ‘X’ and tell children that these two are intersecting lines. Later, provide your kids two long carrots each and tell them to position them to make parallel lines and intersecting lines turn-by-turn. Kids will find it fun to learn these basic lines by playing with vegetables.
Which interesting tricks did you use to teach your kids about parallel and intersecting lines? Share your experience and ideas with other moms in the comments below.