The Speed Shapes mat is part of the Reacta Mats range aimed to promote active learning amongst children whilst also improving their concentration and reaction skills.
As well as improving reaction skills the mat can also improve childrens ability to respond to stimuli and instruction.
The mat can demonstrate the impact that heightened arousal and ability to respond to stimulus can impact upon the body and performance.
Develop reaction skills and the ability to respond to instructions by kneeling on the centre circle and responding to instructions by touching the relevant area on the mat e.g touch a shape that has 3 sides.
Use in active maths lessons e.g. ask pupils to quickly touch the number that corresponds to the question.
Ask the children to make up their own questions. The children could create their own sum with the only stipulation that the answer must equate to a number on the mat. This will challenge the children to formulate their answers correctly.
Great for shape recognition.
Use the mat as extra support for SEN (Special Educational Needs) children by asking them to find objects from their surroundings that colour match with the shapes on the mat and place them on the matching colour.
Jump from number to number or shape to shape in a correct sequence.
Place the corresponding number of items to match the number on the shape.
Ask the children to group themselves to match the numbers on the shapes
Use to promote colour recognition by throwing bean bags at the corresponding colour, shape or number. You may even use for colour mixing e.g. what colour do you get if you mix red and blue?
The mat is an ideal resource to take outside or use indoors. Please take extra care with mat to prevent slipping when manoeuvring. Furniture pads are ideal for this. Do not use the mat wearing slippery surface shoes/socks etc.
Hold class competitions to establish who has the quickest reaction times.
Encourage memory recognition and improved concentration levels amongst Key Stage 2 children by asking the child to kneel on the mat and allow a short period of time for them to memorise the colour shapes around them. Then instruct the child to close their eyes before stating a colour whereby they should touch the appropriate area of the mat. This is also a great way to teach colour recognition. (This game can also be played by remembering shapes or numbers as opposed to colours.)