In all the activities I do with my kids, I try to keep the learning fun and hands-on. The same is true for teaching my kids their shapes. In this post I’m sharing three activities I have used to help XGirl and QBoy learn their shapes.
Note: For more ideas and free printables to help kids learn shapes, see my teaching shapes to kids page.
Household object shape sorting
XGirl is still working on basic shapes. For this activity, I decided to focus on having her distinguish between objects that were circles or squares. I gathered items from around the house that were either circular or square in shape, and then put them onto a tray for her to sort. To make it more fun, I had her sort them into two piles on opposite sides of the room, as XGirl loves any excuse to move around.
Do-A-Dot shape sorting
I also prepared an activity for both kids that required distinguishing between shapes. I gave the kids worksheets with two shapes on them. They used our Do-A-Dot Rainbow Art Paints to paint the shapes different colors. In the picture below, XGirl is putting red dot in the circles and purple dots in the triangles. I made worksheets with basic shapes for XGirl and more advanced shapes like pentagons, hexagons, octagons, and parallelograms for QBoy.
Wikki Stix shape tracing
A third shapes activity involved using Wikki Stix to trace the outlines of some shapes. I had a page of basic shapes for XGirl and more advanced shapes for QBoy. However, the spatial awareness skills needed to complete this task were difficult for XGirl, so I will plan to reintroduce this activity later when she is more ready.
Would you like do try some similar activities with your kids? I’m making my materials available for you to download. Get the Do-A-Dot Shape Sort printable here and the Wikki Stix Shape Tracing activity here.
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