Teal lines, angles, and parallelograms… any idea what it is? I wasn’t sure either; my mom actually had to tell me what this object was when she first gave it to me. Since then, it has seen quite a bit of use. I have to confess my toddler is quite fond of this item (maybe because it is teal, but who knows) — and frequently “borrows” it for creative uses. I’ll reveal its identity at the end of this post, and provide some resources on how to use it as well.
Since I was feeling up for the challenge, here’s a haiku about these abstracted images:
creating light and shadow
shades of blue and teal
What Is It?
So, any idea what it is? When I first went to write about it, I am a bit embarrassed to admit that the term “parallelogram” had escaped my memory. I had to ask my husband: “What’s the rectangle with slanted sides called?” We then confirmed I meant both sides slanted the same way (in order to differentiate from a trapezoid). I am totally blaming that memory lapse of the pregnancy hormones, by the way.
It’s a dual sided Tupperware citrus zester — It’s probably at least a good ten years old. My son likes to use it when we bring snow inside, or have playdough time. Usually my kitchen gadgets are procured for sensory play over the toy kitchen tools (go figure!).
See? He’s waiting to snatch the citrus zester as soon as I give the ok!
And, as promised, here are some resources on shape stuff for kids, as well as recipes that use citrus zest. Links will open in a new window for your convenience.
Shapes for Kids
- 10 Shape Learning Activities For Kids
- Tupperware Shape Sorter (*)
- Teach Children Shapes (Worksheets)
- 20+ Ideas for Teaching Shapes to Kids
- Teaching Shapes + Colors (a Pinterest Board I found)
- Alphabet Lego Cards (use shapes to build letters)
- Pattern Block Pictures
- Shape Activities
- Velcro Dot Craft Sticks
- Math Games: Bake Some Shapes
- Printable: Geometric Solids Bases
- Shapes Out of Straws + Pipe Cleaners
- Shape Song + Guessing Game
- Teaching 3D Shapes
Recipes that Call for Citrus Zest
- What To Do With Citrus Peel
- Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake
- How to Make Candied Lemon Peels (quasi-related)
- Lemon Bars (Paleo)
- Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Honey Glaze (Paleo)
- Don’t Throw Away Your Citrus Rinds: Dry and Save Them For Recipes That Call For Zest
- Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette (and Spinach Salad)
- Thai Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)
What Do You Think?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. Oh, and if you have recipes that call for citrus zest, by all means, please share them especially if it uses zest in a unique way!
If you enjoyed this post and want to see more from my Fine Art Abstraction series, make sure to check out the other images and take a guess each object is!