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The activities on this page can be used when teaching any shape or shape review.   Multiple meaningful exposures to shapes can and should be fun and engaging. 

For more information, please refer to the Early Learning Standards Ages 3 to 5


If you have the books on hand, please use them. If not, you will find the links attached for the following books:




Games & Activites:
  • Use Cookie Cutter Shapes with Playdough (Math 3 & 4 yr. 4.4)
  • Create Shapes using rubber bands on geoboards (Math 3 & 4 yr. 4.4)
  • Have the children use their own bodies to make the shapes. You could talk about which shapes they can make themselves (circle) and which ones need more people. You could also make the shapes extra large by adding lots fo friends.
  • Go on a Shape Hunt - similar to Going on a Bear Hunt - find and locate shapes, identity the shapes by their characteristics (triangle has 3 points and 3 sides, a circle has none) (Math 3 & 4 yr. 4.1, Math 4 yr. 4.2)
  • Pattern Block Mats
  • I Have, Who Has Shape Game
  • Make vehicles out of shape blocks or stickers (Math 3 & 4 yr. 4.6)
  • Sort shape buttons onto construction paper with that shape and name written on it. (ELA 3 & 4 yr. 1.6)
  • Shape Bag Activities:
    • Put shape blocks (or attribute blocks) in a bag. As the child puts their hand see if they can identify the shape by touch prior to pulling it out of the bag. Ask them to justify their guess before removing the shape from the bag. After they have removed the shape, talk about the number of sides, number of corners, etc. 
    • Put a variety of shapes in a bag. Ask your child(ren) to find a (shape) without looking.  Ask them to justify their responses.  
    • Give each child a shape -- shapes could be paper shapes pinned to the child or on a piece of yarn. Give instructions to perform an action related to the shape, such as circles stand up, triangles hop, rectangles crawl under the table.
    • Hide a shape in your hand, give clues (one at a time) and have the children guess/tell what the shape is/could be. (ex. the shape has straight sides, there are 4 sides, 2 sides are short while 2 sides are long).