As Tino the Triangle makes new animal friends, children will fall in love with the bold colors, transformations, and charming story of the app.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Storytime.Share a book about shapes with your child such as The Perfect Square by Michael Hall.
- Title Talk.The app is called Tino the Triangle. What does your child think the story will be about? Do shapes usually have names? Ask your child to guess what Tino will do.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Story Extension.At the start of the story, Tino the Triangle is in the company of a rectangle, a square, and a circle. Ask your child to name one of the other shapes. If they are able, challenge them to find an alliterative name like Tino’s, such as Celia the Circle! When the story is over, encourage them to draw their own pictures of animals that include that shape, or to use their imagination and invent an entirely new animal.
- Anticipate.Before each scene, Tino the Triangle appears solo on the screen with a sound cue to indicate the next scene. When this happens, ask your child to listen carefully and try to guess what animal Tino will meet next!
- Colors.Tino the Triangle is a story full of colors. Ask your child to identify all of the colors as they go through the story. Do they have a favorite color?
- Animal Tracking.Have your child choose one of the animals from the story that they would like to learn more about. Take a trip to your local library to find a book or two about that animal. What do they like to eat? Where and when do they sleep?
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Tasty Shapes.Find a series of cookie cutters in different shapes: square, triangle, circle, oval, rectangle, etc. Roll out sugar cookie dough or pie crust dough and have your child help press the cookie cutters into the dough. Ask them to name each shape as they work on it. If you use pie crust, just brush the cut shapes with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar. Then pop them in the oven until golden for a lightly sweetened, crispy snack! This activity can also work with play dough if baking does not fit in your agenda.
- Shapely Scavenger Hunt.Tino the Triangle helps us see that triangles can be found in many different forms. What other shapes are found hidden where we do not expect them? Take a walk or hike with your child and look for shapes together. A circle or heart in a rock? An oval in a tree? A rectangle in a picnic table? Turn this activity into a scavenger hunt by making a list of shapes you want your child to find and taking a trip to a nearby park. Set them loose on the hunt and take a picture of each object and shape as they find it!
- Get Crafty.Follow the lead of the messy mice and get some paint ready to splatter! Next, get some thin sponges. Cut these into a circle, square, rectangle, triangle, and other shapes, real or silly. Put a bit of paint on a series of small washable plates or paper plates, one color per plate. Show your child how to dip the sponge into the paint, making sure the whole bottom surface is covered, and then stamp it on a piece of paper. What scene will they create using the shapes? When they are finished, ask them to tell you a story about their painting. Write it down to give them a page from their very own storybook.