Math Counts

Window Art

Ideal for Toddler , Preschool/Pre-K

Drawing of green yellow and blue blocks, with the numbers 1, 2, and 3 on them. There are rulers at the base.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to demonstrate their understanding of shapes, spatial sense, and pattern.

Materials Needed:

  • Different colors of tissue paper, newspaper, or foil cut into 1 to 2 inch squares, circles, and triangles. (You can do as many as you want but at least 10 of each shape)
  • Spray water bottle filled with water
  • Towel
  • Glass door or window that you child can reach.
  • Scissors
  • Basket

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Show your child the cut paper shapes. You can put them all together in a basket and have them reach in and get one.
  2. Help your child spray the glass with one squirt of water. Encourage them to place the paper on the wet glass. Place another shape if there is room on the part of the glass that is wet. Spray water again on the shapes to secure them.
  3. Keep this process up as long as your child is interested. Talk about the shapes, colors, and kinds of paper as your child makes choices.

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