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27 Hands-On 3D Shapes Projects for Kids

August 12, 2023 //  by  Sharayah Lynn Grattan

There are so many shapes in our big world, and as kids get older, it’s important that they can distinguish between 2D and 3D images, as well as identify what each shape is called. Learning about geometric shapes doesn’t make you a square, it makes you a three-dimensional shapes master! From abstract shapes and math skills to memory games and crafts for preschool kids, we have all the fresh shape recognition projects to make your students run in circles with excitement!

1. Build Your Own Shape

This shape craft is printable paper with simple facts about shapes printed on it. This activity is so easy to set up, you can help your kids build their own or work in pairs. Provide scissors and glue and watch them cut and fold their shapes.

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2. 3D Bingo!

Here is an educational printable that encourages students to identify and remember the shape name, while matching it with the 3D object printed on their bingo card. So once they know the shape they can spot real items in daily life.

3. The Wheel of Shapes

This interactive resource can be printed out on large paper and you can use a paper clip or pencil as the spinner. Students can spin and see what shape they land on. They will then repeat the name and say whether it is 2D or 3D!

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4. DIY 3-D Paper Cone Giraffe

Even though this link explains how to design a giraffe, your kiddos can build any animal they like the most! Have a variety of colored paper and show them how to form a 3D cone for the body and then a 2D circle for the head.

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5. STEM Challenge: Triangular Prisms

In this activity for kids, you’ll need play dough and colorful craft sticks. To help students with learning shapes, it helps when they can piece together a model like triangular prisms to get a better understanding of shapes and their parts.

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6. Cereal Box Houses

Now here is a craft that uses recycled materials and improves kids’ motor skills! Have your kids bring in some empty cereal boxes and let their creativity shine by cutting and gluing 2D and 3D shapes out of pieces of paper to make a colorful neighborhood!

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7. 3D Shape Hunt

There are a few printables available you can use in an outdoor shape hunt, but this one is designed for indoors such as at home or in the classroom. Before printing your list of basic shapes for your kids to find, make sure there are items in those shapes around the room, such as marbles, paper rolls, and cubes.

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8. 3D Shape Nets Tutorial

Here is a fun and easy-to-follow shape nets video you can watch before teaching your students how to build their own. You can also play this video in class and pause for students to ask questions/ask for help folding and gluing together their basic shapes.

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9. 3D Shape Rhyme

The world has been blessed with this clever rhyme teaching us about three-dimensional shapes, with useful examples that make recognizing objects fun game kids can commit to memory.

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10. Dino Crunch

There are quite a few online resources available for digital shapes games. This one is exciting and interactive with colorful prehistoric characters, sounds, and images to encourage correct choices!

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11. Roll or Slide Matching Game

If you want your kids to really grasp 3D shapes and how they function, explore this fun shapes game using a ramp! Now if you don’t have access to a toy ramp then just ask your kids to move the 3D shapes around and see which can roll and which can only slide, and categorize them accordingly.

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12. Mystery Bag of Shapes!

Talk about a truly hands-on activity! What a fun and simple idea that will get your kiddos bouncing and waiting for a turn to reach their little hands in the mystery bag and guess which shape they grab.

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13. Sorting Foods

Time to think outside the box, and venture into the snack aisle for this learning activity that’s bound to get your students’ mouths watering over 3D shapes. Bring a variety of 3D snacks to class and ask students to sort them according to their shapes.

14. Play Dough Cookie Cutter Shapes

Using a material like play dough is perfect for shape-creating because kids can decide if they want their shapes to be 2D or 3D. They can build on their creations and use their imagination and other supplies if available!

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15. DIY Geoboard

Geoboards are a great motor skills activity that gives students endless opportunities to create and design. For 3-D geometric shape practice, students can use colored rubber or fabric bands to loop around different pegs creating cool diagrams.

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16. Shape Sensory Bin

We all have heard of or incorporated sensory bins in our activities for other learning topics, and shapes are no different! You can use 3D shape blocks or foam shapes and fill up your tub with lots of soapy water for learning fun!

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17. DIY Shape Bracelets

If you don’t have buttons lying around you can pick some up at a craft store! Make sure to get some in a variety of shapes and colors to make this bracelet craft a shape recognition and memory exercise worth wearing with pride!

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18. Paper Plate and Yarn Crafts

This shapes craft has plenty of room for your kiddos to express their creativity! Make sure you have scissors and cutouts of shapes they can trace onto their plates and cut out. Then wind the yarn in and out of the space the shape makes for a cool hangable craft!

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19. Paper Tube Family Craft

These paper shapes are not only fun to make, but incorporate cylinder-shape recognition and motor skills by putting together each member of the family. Yarn can be cut and glued for the hair, paint on the clothes, and glue on the googly eyes!

20. 2D and 3D Shape Painting

Now, this craft’s got it all! We are using 3D shape blocks and paint to create 2D shapes on paper. So simple, but so effective for showing kids the difference between 2D and 3D while making colorful art!

21. Shape Monsters!

You don’t need a printable to help your students create their own shape monsters. Just have a few shape templates cut out and ready for your students to trace and cut. Have craft supplies like pipe cleaners, paper slips, and cotton for your kids to decorate their shape monsters with!

22. Pizza Shape Collage

Probably best to do this shapes craft before lunchtime because it will get your kids thinking about food. Show your students an example of pizza you made, and give them paper, scissors, and glue to create their own. You may be surprised to see what they put on their pizza!

23. DIY Polydron Shapes

You can purchase a polydron cube online and find all the various 3D shapes your kids can make with these fun 2D combination squares. A hands-on math activity your kids will be excited to build and get creative with!

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24. DIY Paper Rockets

How many shapes does it take to build a rocket? Some are 2D and some are 3D. Can your students tell the difference as they assemble these colorful contraptions?

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25. Foldable Alphabet Cubes

This link has step-by-step instructions for how to fold and glue together a 3D cube. From there, you can cut and paste alphabet letters for fun learning games!

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26. 3D Paper Letters

For kids who like to work with precision, this geometric craft is perfect for their little artistic fingers! Follow the tutorial video and see how to design, cut, and glue together your own 3D letters. Watch further videos to learn how to create more letters and spell out your name!

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27. Online 3D Shapes Game

A useful resource for at-home or distant learning kids can play on their own to better understand 3D shapes and where they may find them in their daily lives.

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15 Fun, Hands-On Activities for Learning About 2D and 3D Shapes

A selection of fun, hands-on math activities for learning about 2D and 3D shapes.

When we think of early mathematical learning, we typically think firstly of numbers. But there is a whole other world of mathematics to enjoy and explore and that is the world of shapes! This post includes fifteen ideas for learning about 2D and 3D shapes (and their properties) in fun and ‘hands on’ ways!

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Learning Activities

15 Fun, Hands-On Activities for Learning About 2D and 3D shapes

Ideas for Learning About 2-Dimensional Shapes

Between the ages of two and four years, children typically begin to learn the names of simple 2D shapes incidentally; generally learning about circles, squares and triangles to begin with. We see them in picture books, on TV shows and in every day life (does anyone else’s toddler insist on their sandwiches being cut into a certain shape?) In their first years of school children will build on this knowledge, learning about rectangles, ovals, hexagons, pentagons and octagons, just to name a few.

1. Head Off On a Shape Hunt

A great way to kick start learning about shapes (whether it be at school or home) is with a ‘shape hunt’ – exploring and identifying shapes in our environment and everyday life. You can go on a shape hunt around your house, backyard, classroom or neighbourhood. Older children can take a checklist or paper to record their findings on, while younger children will enjoy discussing what you see as you go. Photographing the shapes you find is another great idea, with the photos being perfect for compiling into your very own shape book.

2. Popstick Play

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Learning Activities

Popsticks and matchsticks are such versatile learning materials. They make a great resource for creating 2D shapes.

3. Self Correcting Popstick Puzzle

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Learning Activities

Take the above activity one step further and make a self correcting puzzle by using the one colour for each shape, writing the name of the shape on each popstick and including the number of sides/corners. This makes a great busy bag .

4. Pipe Cleaner Creations

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Learning Activities

Pipe cleaners provide a great workout for finger muscles. They can be bent and twisted to create a variety of 2D shapes. As a variation, make the shapes larger by using one pipe cleaner for each side of the shape.

5. Playdough Fun

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Learning Activities

Playdough is also a useful tool for exploring shapes. Adding a set of geometric cookie cutters ( like this one ) to playdough play is a super easy way to add shapes to your day.

6. Shape Collages

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Learning Activities

Kindergarten and school aged children will have lots of fun creating pictures with shapes. I created these two as example,s using a variety of shapes cut from textured papers and buttons.

7. Pretty Pattern Blocks

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Learning Activities

Pattern blocks are one of my favourite classroom materials. Not only are children learning about 2D shapes when they play with them, but also other mathematical concepts such as symmetry, tessellation, pattern, sorting, counting and so much more. This activity could either be left unstructured for the children to make their own pictures, patterns and shapes, or you can use pattern block activity cards as a guide.

8. Sing About Shapes

Here’s a cute little song to help preschoolers learn 2D shapes. It works best with a group of children, with everyone holding a shape (sing to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It).

If you’re holding a square stand up! If you’re holding a square stand up! If you’re holding a square, if you’re holding a square If you’re holding a square stand up. Repeat with other shapes

Fun Ideas for Learning About 3-Dimensional Shapes

9. Fantastic Feely Bags

When I’m introducing the topic of shapes to my class, I always start with a ‘feely bag’. The idea being that the children feel the shapes in the bag without looking, trying to identify each shape using only their sense of touch. We discuss – How does it feel? Does it have pointy corners? Does it feel round? Once the children are familiar with names of the shapes, it’s fun to guess the shape they’re holding before revealing it!

10. Wonderful Wooden Blocks

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Math Learning Activities

Generally speaking in the first year of school you could expect your child to learn the shapes pictured above; rectangular prism, pyramid, cylinder, cone, cube and sphere. 3D wooden blocks are a great resource for talking about the features of 3D shapes (and the 2D shapes they are made up of).

11. Test It: Stack, Roll or Slide?

As children learn 3D shapes, it’s fun to explore how they move and interact with each other. Set up a simple ramp and test each shape to see if it rolls down the hill or slides? Next, test each shape to see if it can be stacked easily on top of another shape. Explore your child’s understanding of why a shape does (or does not) roll, slide or stack.

12. 3D Playdough Shapes

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Math Learning Activities

Add matchsticks to playdough and invite children to create 2D and 3D shapes.

13. 3D Shape Models

Moulding 3D Shapes from playdough or kinetic sand is a fun, hands-on challenge.

14. Nifty Nets

Learning about Shapes: 2D and 3D Shapes Math Learning Activities

School aged children can begin to explore the concept of ‘nets’. A net is a 3D shape flattened out. These plastic polydrons are a fantastic tool to teach this concept. Making your own die cube is a great place to start! (Once again we see 3D shapes in our everyday life). Here’s a link to a free die template printable from Teachers Pay Teachers.

15. 3D Shape Rhyme

Finally here’s a simple 3D shape rhyme to help children connect the name of the shape to real life objects.

3D Shapes are fat not flat A cone is like a party hat A sphere is a bouncy ball A prism is a building tall A cylinder is like a can of pop A cube is like the dice you drop 3D shapes are here and there 3D shapes are everywhere!

What are your favourite activity ideas for learning about 2D and 3D shapes?

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Geometry is always one of my favorite units to teach as it is so hands-on! One activity my students always love is making 3D cubes. It requires minimal materials that you may already have at home or in your classroom. This activity engages the sense of touch (tactile sensory system) in learning math for all ages and abilities!

  • 12 toothpicks per child for creating a cube, more toothpicks for further exploration of other shapes
  • Playdough, mini marshmallows or modeling clay

Instructions:

Depending on the age and ability of the child, you can go about this activity in several different ways. It is always good to start with 2 dimensional shapes as a first experience. For children who need step-by-step support, you can model each step and they can copy you. For more independent learners, you can guide them by asking questions like, “how many sides does a square have?” From there you can have them create two squares (the top and the bottom on the cube). Then you could model how to use the toothpicks to connect the two squares together to make a 3 dimensional cube. Finally discuss the shape attributes of faces, edges, and vertices.

For slightly older children and those who like challenges, you can show them either a picture of a cube or a premade model and have them go at it! Assist along the way as needed, but generally with time and patience they can create a cube on their own. My second graders did very well this way!

3d shape sensory activities

To wrap up the activity, have a focused discussion on shape attributes. You can point out how each piece of playdough (or marshmallow/modeling clay) is a vertex. Have them count how many vertices a cube has and record it. You can then have kids cut out squares, or have precut squares, to show that squares are the faces of the cube. Have them count how many faces a cube has and record it. Finally, to heighten tactile sensory input, children can either use their fingers or a marker to trace the edges on the cube, the point where two faces meet. Have them count how many edges a cube has and record it.

Modifications:

The possibilities are endless with this activity. You can have them try to create other 3D shapes and continue to look at the shape attributes and ask: What is the face shape? How many faces does it have? How many edges and vertices? Finally, to provide a tactile sensory challenge: Can you make a 3D shape with your eyes closed, only using your sense of touch?

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7 Silly Ways to Teach 3D Shapes in Kindergarten

Teaching 3D shapes in kindergarten? Or wanting to build your child's spatial intelligence and math vocabulary? These 9 simple games can be played with kids 3+ and are the perfect centers activities for teaching 3D shapes in kindergarten!

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Refresher: What are the names of 3D shapes?

Here's a little refresher photo labeling the 3D shapes for you. Notice that there are 2 kinds of pyramids!

names for teaching 3d shapes in kindergarten

Here are the Learning Resources 3D Shapes we used for most of our activities. You can use household items or blocks too!

7 Simple Activities for Teaching 3D Shapes in Kindergarten:

All of these 3D shapes activities are under 5 minutes to prep, and if you're looking for some printable 3D shapes worksheets for kindergarten centers, check out #3 and #4 for some mega-fun hands-on learning printables.

1. Tower Building with 3D Shapes

Using the blocks that you have invite your child/students to create a tower. As they build, you can help them name the shapes they're using. Child directed play is often the most engaging way to learn, and by using the strategy of "Saying what you see" you're helping build new vocabulary.

This 3d shapes activity is wonderful for introducing the shapes to your kindergarteners, who at this point, may only be familiar with 2d shape names.

As a bonus, you could have them graph or tally the number of each shape they used in their building.

3d shapes kindergarten activity

2. Parent and Baby 3D Shape Matching Center

My kids LOVE to make families when they're playing whether it's dinosaurs, cars, princesses, or just rocks. They often hands me something big and something little and say, "That's the mama, and that's the baby."

Use this to your advantage to play Mama and Baby or any other caregiving relationship with the 3D shapes. For this one you'll need shapes of varying sizes.

I bought this set from Learning Resources because they had a wide range of shapes and sizes. For more 2D shape matching, you'll definitely want to check out this activity that kept both my kids busy for 30 min!

3d shape matching activity

3. 3D Shape Hunt -an excellent whole class activity!

This can be done very informally by going on a "Shape Hunt" around your home, neighborhood, or school. If you want to keep track and make it official, bust out a clipboard (or just a book with a chip clip) and make a 3D shape tracker, so kids can keep track of what they see. What shapes are around your home? Are they 2D and flat? Are they 3D and pop up? The kitchen has a lot of great shapes...

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4. Roll, Slide, Stack the 3D Shapes in Kindergarten

This out of the box shapes activity is the perfect at home invitation to play or a kindergarten math center that EVERY child adores. Remember when I said, kids think outside the box? Well, instead of just comparing the sides of shapes or corners, let's compare how they move in space.

Does the 3D shape slide? Does it roll? Can you stack it? Want this instant printable for Roll, Slide, Stack? Click HERE .

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For kids learning 3D shapes in kindergarten, having independent activities is key! The recording sheet has visuals for each step, so that if your child isn't reading yet, they can still do this on their own.

Just PRINT the 3D shapes worksheet and kindergarten math centers are done! Even if kids can't read, they can still be self directed because it has visuals for each item. : )

Set up an area with the 3D shapes and a makeshift slide and play. Kids will LOVE comparing and contrasting 3D shapes as they play to learn.

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5. "Clue" 3D Shapes Activity for Kindergarten

This "Who Done It" game elicits very thoughtful responses from kindergarteners. Line up all the 3D shapes in what will be the criminal line up.

Announce that one of these shapes has committed a crime. Kids are adamant about ensuring the justice will be served. Decide who committed the crime! (Write your answer on a sheet of paper, i.e. the smallest blue cone.) Have your student ask YES or NO questions that describe the shapes in the line up, then, eliminate them by their attributes. For example, "Does this 3D shape have a circle on one side? Does this 3D shape have vertices (corners)?" Weed out the innocent shapes till you find the criminal among your 3D shapes (but make sure it gets a fair trial).

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6. 2D Sides, 3D Shape Puzzle Activity

On a piece of construction paper, trace around the shapes you want to give your kids. These will be the 2D sides that they're likely familiar with.

Next, ask them to name the shapes on the paper... Now what is different about the 3D shapes?

Can they match them to the 2D (aka FLAT) sides that are on the paper to complete the shapes puzzle?

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If your child is having a hard time distinguishing between 2D and 3D shapes, I highly recommend this video by the always funny, Mr. B's Brain.

I love how he describes the difference between 2D and 3D shapes in a way that is so simple to understand for young learners. He shares that 2D shapes go two ways: side to side and up and down. In contract, 3D shapes go three ways: up and down, side to side, and back and forth. Check it out!

7. Simple 3D Shapes Sort

Of course, when we see these engaging, colorful shapes we start categorizing them in our mind. Sorting is a major math skill that I describe in this activity where I have the kids do the laundry and build math skills at the same time.

Challenge your kids to sort in different ways: color, size, shape (duh) but maybe they'll even astound you and sort by number of sides or has corners vs. not.

Kids are more likely to think outside the box than adults, so let them lead this activity and you'll probably be surprised!

3d shapes shorting activity

What are the 3D shapes standards in kindergarten?

Naming and comparing shapes are big geometry standards in kindergarten. Here are some of the kindergarten common core geometry standards from https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/ccssmathstandardaug2013.pdf

  • Name shapes correctly, regardless of orientation
  • Identify if a shape is 2D vs 3D
  • Compare and contrast 2D and 3D shapes including attributes, similarities, and differences.

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I recently introduced my kids to the topic of our  five basic senses . After doing an overview of the five senses, we are spending some time exploring each of the senses in more depth. Today I am sharing an activity we did to focus on the sense of touch. 

(We previously did other sense of touch activities involving  sandpaper grading and matching  and ordering thermic glasses by temperature .)

Our skin is the primary organ of touch on our bodies. Our sense of touch is strongest on our fingertips. Nonetheless, we are able to perceive touch on all parts of our skin.

In a Montessori classroom it is common for children to spend time exploring objects while blindfolded. This encourages them to use their sense of touch, rather than their sense of sight, to identify objects.

For this activity, I had my kids work on identifying 3D shapes by touch . This was both a lesson about the sense of touch as well as a way to reinforce what we’ve been learning about 3D shapes.

Note: For more activities and printables on each of the five senses, see my  Five Senses Unit Study  page. 

The top layer of our skin is called the epidermis. This layer contains touch receptor cells that take in information from the environment and pass it along to our brains. In this way, our sense of touch is what gives our brain information about temperature, texture, pressure, and more.

For this activity, my kids put on their blindfolds. Which in our house, means pulling their ski hats over their heads 🙂

They then reached their hands into a bag and pulled out a 3D shape. Inside the bag I had placed some of the 3D shapes from our Spielgaben set, including spheres, cylinders, and triangular prisms.

(My kids were already familiar with these shapes before this activity, although I did do a brief review before they put on their blindfolds.)

Once they selected a shape, they felt it very carefully to determine which shape it was.

My son was pretty pleased with himself when he correctly identified a shape. 🙂

After identifying the shape, I asked the kids to sort them into piles, all with the blindfold still on.

My kids thought this was a very fun way to practice their 3D shapes. And it was a great sense of touch activity for kids to really understand how crucial touch is for navigating the world.

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More five senses posts from Gift of Curiosity:

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  • Sense of smell: Smelling bottles
  • Sense of taste: Tasting bottles
  • Sense of sight: Color grading
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  • Sense of touch: Sandpaper grading
  • Sense of hearing: Making music
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I really like your blindfolds 🙂

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He he, thanks. 🙂

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10 AMAZING Shape Activities For Kindergarteners – 2023 Round-up

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Learning to recognize shapes is an essential skill for preschool education. All children learn to differentiate between the basic and advanced 2D shapes and eventually acknowledge their relationship with 3D ones later in their kindergarten studies.

Our article helps parents and pre-k teachers guide their children and students in that process. We introduce gamification via fun outdoor and indoor activities, tools, and printables.

Great Shapes Activities For Kindergarten

All the activities in our book go along with kindergarten education guidelines, focusing on shape recognition and many other educational aspects.

These include practicing group communication, developing fine motor and sensory skills, and allowing the child to dab into the creative aspect of learning. Let’s see what we have in store for you this time.

1. Spaghetti Noodle Shapes

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Right off the bat, we’re offering a fun and messy activity that will set your students in a bright and colorful mood. The preparation for this game isn’t too difficult. You need a packet of noodles cooked according to the description on the bag. Next, use ziplock bags to part and dye the pasta. Make sure to use non-toxic food dyes in case the children accidentally eat them.

Once the noodles are ready, prompt the kids to pick them and “rebuild” the shapes on the printables you should have on hand. Here’s the list of materials you need to set up the activity:

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Ziplock bags
  • A large container or paper plates (depending on if you want the noodles mixed or separated by color)

For more information about the process and setup, visit pre-kpages.com .

2. Match 2D with 3D Shapes 

3d shape sensory activities

Using previous knowledge to gain more is one of the best ways to ease children into learning new things. This exercise uses 2D basic and advanced shapes and builds on them. It’s all about stacking 3D shape blocks on printable patterns to make pictures. Once the kids are familiar with the square, rectangle, triangle, diamond, circle, and oval, they should recognize those in combinations to make compound shapes. After this skill is developed enough, you can prompt them to match the shapes on printables with solid wooden or plastic versions.

Below are the items needed for this exercise:

  • Printables with compound shapes
  • 3D shape blocks

For more information about the products and teaching method, look at the adorable blog post at littlemindsatwork.org .

3. Playdough Shapes

All kids like playdough activities, and it doesn’t matter what you make out of it. This sensory methodology improves tactile perception and creates situations where the kid can develop creativity. They can also make mistakes and correct them easily. This activity is possible using printable materials with shapes for beginners. More advanced students don’t have to use guidelines. They should roll the dough into a snake shape, cut pieces, and spread them on a plate or a laminated printable within the given form.

Here’s all you need for this activity:

  • Playdough and tools like roll pins for spreading it
  • Shape outlines or printables

To connect the shapes to real-world objects, you can suggest adding other attributes. Suppose the triangle represents a pizza slice – what can the child add to it to turn it into one?

Are you interested to learn about more shape teaching methods? Fantasticfunandlearning.com has more entertaining activities in stock.

4. Geoboard and Reference Cards

3d shape sensory activities

A geoboard is a handy tool in learning. Especially combined with reference cards, it can teach children the basic shapes and ways to build them in various ways. It’s also an excellent sensory tool to shape a better understanding of reference points. In addition to shape building, this activity promotes counting skills when the student compares the board to the reference card.

For this activity, you’re going to need the following specialized tools:

  • Geoboard with the rubber bands
  • Reference cards or laminated printables
  • Colorful markers, if you’re going to practice connecting the dots on the cards as well

Discover more 2D shape manipulatives at pocketofpreschool.com .

5. Sensory Bin Shape Hunt

This is a simple activity targeted at toddlers who’ve just started learning the shapes and only need to recognize them. Its goal is to find a shape from a sensory bin and match it with the board with missing patterns. This game is an excellent way to open up your kid’s tactile perception. While you can use specialized sensory sand, DIY-ing the activity will only require a bowl of uncooked rice or other grains. It can even be a mixture of different ones for more texture. Hide foam or plastic shapes in the bin and let the kid fish for them using bare hands. Once they find one, they need to place it on a board where the original shape is missing.

Here are a few items you’re going to need for the setup:

  • A medium-sized bowl
  • Rice or a mixture of other grains
  • Small shapes cut out of foam, plastic, or other material
  • Shape puzzle board or printable

Funwithmama.com suggests a lot more exciting shapes teaching games, activities, and tools.

6. Scavenger Hunt with Shapes

If you’re too busy or lazy to organize a special activity and just need a casual game as a distraction for your child, this is what you need. Hunting for shapes at home can be a rewarding activity for your kid and a creative blast for the whole family. The only thing you need is imagination. Prompt the kid to find five rectangular objects around the house. All shapes and sizes count! You can add a complication layer, tilting the game towards sequencing , another important skill in kindergarten education . Ask the child to order the found objects from the largest to the smallest. This way, the kid will develop an awareness of the surroundings and warm to the notion of basic shapes building compound ones. The activity doesn’t require any dedicated equipment or manipulatives. Control the chaos with more easy and fun distractions from everydaychaosandcalm.com .

7. Picture Composition Using Shapes 

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This exercise is a bit more advanced for little ones. They should already be comfortable with the idea that you can make complex pictures with basic shapes. This activity also tests kids for other skills such as shape cutting, creativity, and counting. You can have a fun worksheet and color-coded shapes printed on construction paper. This will give children space and tools for creating an image by placing the components on the whole picture.

Here is the list of items you’re going to need:

  • The worksheet
  • Printed shapes to cut out

If you plan to take this activity as a test and put up a showcase, the glue is essential. Have the kids make the picture by sticking the shapes on a printout.

For shape sorting and other composition ideas, scroll through the blog post on planningplaytime.com .

8. Memory Game Using Shapes

For the students who don’t yet know how to read, this exercise could substitute any activity that involves drawing and writing . This is pure gamification that will help the child recognize shapes and remember sequences. Put block shapes on a tray (depending on the kid’s level, you can use two or more basic forms). Let them remember the objects, then cover the shapes, take one away, and ask the child to name the missing one. If this is too easy, add a difficulty layer by changing the sequence or using more shapes.

This activity doesn’t require much preparation:

  • A tray or a table
  • Shape blocks
  • A screen or a cloth to cover the play area from the child during gameplay

This idea comes from prekinders.com , which has a lot more unique activities on their blog.

9. Shape Maze

If you have a bright and free afternoon at hand, you might as well take the kids outside for this learning activity. They’re going to like the sun and learn a couple of things in the process.

This exercise only needs:

  • Colorful chalk
  • A free sidewalk or a driveway

Once the driveway is set up with colorful patterns, the activity is ready. Call the kids and announce the rules. There are a few ways to play this game:

  • Stepping on a given shape from the start to the end of the maze in one direction
  • Calling out the next shape and finding the way out while being guided before each step

You can color-code each shape (all squares are red, all triangles are blue, etc.). Making the same shape of various colors will add to the difficulty of the game. To get a detailed explanation of the composition and the whole game, visit handsonaswegrow.com .

10. Matching Shapes on a Worksheet

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This is a worksheet that can develop pattern recognition and drawing skills essential for later geometry studies. It contains the basic shapes in two columns and allows for gaps in between. Students have to connect similar forms with lines. If you don’t like the messy lines cluttering the worksheet, you can also use colorful markers to indicate the same shapes on each column. For more information about the worksheet and other similar free printables for kindergarten students, browse k5learning.com .

Conclusion 

Learning shapes is fun with the suggested activities in this article. Don’t miss any fun; check out more games and entertaining ideas from provided links. If you have a unique game or activity you’ve not seen listed, don’t hesitate to let us know!

Good luck in learning and playing!

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People Also Ask

Now that you’re familiar with these fun shapes activities , let’s answer a few more questions to set you on the right track.

Basic shape recognition is a skill that a child needs to understand, recognize, and describe the world around them. In preschool education, the basic ones taught are: Circle/oval Triangle/diamond Square/rectangle It’s also essential to ensure they understand that they can make more shapes with the ones mentioned.

The first principle is to base the new information about 3D shapes on the 2D knowledge. Another methodology is to use hand motions to explain the difference between a flat shape vs. a solid. There are a few other techniques like the “quick change,” where you show how a square “grows” into a cube. Use gamification and a touch of “magic” to introduce these concepts.

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All of these Shape Activities for Kids introduce toddlers and preschoolers to shapes through play-based learning. 25 ways to recognise, create, and explore basic shapes.

If you want to make your Shapes themed lessons a breeze, then check out the Shapes Activity Pack . It’s filled with math and literacy centers, fine motor activities and arts and crafts templates. All of which are aligned with preschool learning standards. Check it out today.

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Shape Arts and Crafts for Kids

1. block painting.

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Blocks come in a variety of shapes. Circles, triangles, squares. Any picture can be broken down into these basic shapes. If your little ones are too young to make an actual picture, don’t worry, it’s still a lot of fun dunking the blocks in the paint and making shapes on a page.

2. Giant Shape Art for Kids

Giant shape art for kids. A fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn shapes. Include it in your list of shape activities for kids.

Giant Shape Art for Kids was a fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids. We used an old cardboard box and painters tape to create some fun tape resist art, exploring and learning all about shapes as we did it. If you’re teaching a toddler or preschool classroom, try this simple art activity, the kids will love it.

3. Black Glue Shape Art for Kids

Learn how to make Black Glue Shape Art for Kids. A fun and easy kids art idea for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning all about shapes

Black Glue Shape Art for Kids is all about learning 2D shapes. Toddlers and preschoolers love art ideas for kids that are fun, while parents and teachers love art ideas that are easy and educational. This activity ticks all of those boxes.

Either make single pages for home, or make large ones as a small group project in the classroom. This activity can easily be adapted for both parents and teachers.

4. Kandinsky Shape Art for Kids – Messy Little Monster

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Explore colors and shapes with your toddler or preschooler with this shape art for kids. This hands on learning art project inspired by Kandinsky. Is fantastic for kids of all ages.

5. Recycled Shapes Process Art – Mosswood Connections

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Raid the recycle bin and use recycled items to make art. Kids will have fun discovering shapes with this Process Art Project.

Shape Sensory Activities for Kids

6. shape sorting sensory bin.

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This shape sorting sensory bin is loads of fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Get the FREE printable shapes and start teaching some math.

7. Shape Match Sensory Bin – Happy Toddler Playtime

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Shape Match Sensory Bin is a fun sensory bin using shredded paper. It’s a fun and easy way to learn and practice shape recognition with your toddler or preschooler.

8. Fizzy Shapes Sensory Bin – Happy Toddler Playtime

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Shapes play ideas where science meets math will always be a hit with toddlers and preschoolers. Check out this fizzy shapes sensory bin.

9. Shape Button Sensory Bin – 3 Dinosaurs

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Have you seen those buttons that are different shapes? If not, go and grab them because you can create so many different play based learning activities with them.

10. Shape Sensory Squish Bag – Still Playing School

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Create a sensory squish bag for kids to learn shapes. Stick it on the window to see what happens when the sun shines through.

Shape Science Activities

11. building shapes – stem for kids.

Building shapes STEM for kids is a fun and easy engineering activity for kids. Help toddlers and preschoolers learn their shapes with some play based learning.

This Building Shapes – STEM for Kids activity is a fun, play based learning activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Engineering for kids can be both easy and fun, and includes more versatility than just building blocks.

12. Which Shape is Strongest – Science Sparks

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Did you know that under certain circumstances paper can be very strong? This easy investigation uses paper folded into different shaped columns to hold up books. Which shape will hold the most books, before crumbling under the weight?

13. 3D Bubble Shape Activity – Little Bins for Little Hands

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Can you make bubbles different shapes? This is one of my favorite shape activities for kids because you find out how to make your own cool 3D bubble wands and explore the science of bubbles.

14. Floating Shapes Experiment – Active Littles

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Want to learn how to make the floating dry erase marker experiment work? Learn how to make shapes float around on the top of water, just like magic.

15. Magic Disappearing Shapes Activity – Gift of Curiosity

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This simple shapes activity brings some magic to your child’s learning by disappearing at your child’s command. Not bad for paper towels and water, is it?

Shape Fine Motor Activities for Kids

16. sticker shapes fine motor activity.

This sticker shapes fine motor activity is a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn shapes and develop fine motor skills.

This sticker shapes fine motor activity is a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to learn shapes and develop fine motor skills.

17. Mystery Shapes – Days of Grey

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Mystery Shapes is a fun fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Join the dots together to discover what shapes are hidden there.

18. Basic Shapes Work Station – Learning 4 Kids

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Shapes play ideas provide children with the opportunity to explore and create with shapes. It teaches shape recognition and has the benefit of developing fine motor skills.

19. Sand Shapes – Gift of Curiosity

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Sand shapes, a shape themed art, and fine motor activity kids will love.

20. Playdough Shapes Puzzle – Mama OT

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Help your child develop fine motor skills with this simple yet creative puzzle activity using shapes and play dough.

Shapes Free Printable Activities

21. craft stick shape mats.

Get your copy of these FREE Craft Stick Shape Mats. Use them to teach toddlers and preschoolers math, fine motor skills, language and more.

Get your copy of these FREE Craft Stick Shape Mats. They’re perfect to help toddlers and preschoolers who are learning about shapes.  The children will develop fine motor skills, math, language, and more with this easy, low-prep activity.

22. Shape Playdough Mats – Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Use these shape play dough mats to help preschoolers and kindergarteners learn how to make 2D shapes and recognize shapes in everyday objects

23. Free Shape Lacing Cards – 3 Dinosaurs

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When you’re looking for shape activities for kids, make sure you include some shape lacing cards. This is a fun way to learn shapes with some hand-on learning.

24. Free Shape Flashcards – Look We’re Learning

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These free printable shape flashcards are a wonderful learning resource for toddlers, and preschoolers who are learning about 2-D shapes.

25. Free Shape Dot Marker Printables – 3 Dinosaurs

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Use this printable with dot markers, playdough or manipulatives. This simple printable is so incredibly versatile, your students will love it.

26. Shape Stamp Painting

Try this shape stamp painting for kids. A fun and easy shape art and craft idea for toddlers and preschoolers.

Make your own shape painting using shape stamps . This is an asy way to use those shape sorting toys in a fun new way.

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A Week’s Worth of Shape Recognition Activities

May 21, 2020 by Sheryl Cooper

Inside: Put together a week’s worth of shape recognition activities with these fun ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. Free printables included!

Looking for ways to expose your toddlers and preschoolers to shapes?

In this collection of shape recognition activities, we’ve put together a variety of activities that can provide a week’s worth of learning in the home or classroom .

Each simple idea engages young learners while they identify and compare shapes.

Some ideas build other skills as well, such as fine motor and color recognition.

Make sure to check out these “A Week’s Worth” collections, too:

A Week’s Worth of Color Recognition Activities

A Week’s Worth of Alphabet Activities

A Week’s Worth of Apple Learning Activities

A Week’s Worth of Pumpkin Learning Activities

A Week’s Worth of Shape Recognition Activities

We’ve categorized these shape recognition activities to make it easier for you to plan your week!

How many of these activities you can do in a week will depend on your daily schedule . There are certainly enough activities in this collection to focus on shapes for longer than a week!

  • Use shape toys for a fun art activity – super easy to set up!

Supplies: Shape sorting toys, paint, paper

  • Stamp paper tubes into paint for a simple process art circle activity .

Supplies: Paper tubes, paint, paper

  • Be creative and make a shape house out of construction paper. (My Mommy Style)

Supplies: Multiple colors of construction paper, scissors, white pom poms or cotton balls, glue stick

  • Take your favorite nesting blocks and turn them into a paint stamping activity .

Supplies: Nesting blocks, paint, paper

  • Explore shapes while using them to create a collage . (NutureStore)

Supplies: Tissue paper (circles and squares), old art or paper scraps, scissors, cardstock, glue, bowls, brushes

  • Strengthen fine motor skills while clipping clothespins on the correct shape – free printable cards !

Supplies: Free Match and Clip Cards, clothespins

  • Learn about the differences of each shape while wrapping them in yarn . (Laughing Kids Learn)

Supplies: Cardboard, yarn, scissors

  • Make your own handled sponge stamps to use on paper. (It Happens in a Blink)

Supplies: Paper towel tubes, sponges cut into shapes

  • Place objects on the outline of different shapes for some finger strengthening. (Learning 4 Kids)

Supplies: Washi or masking tape, colored card stock paper, scissors, small pieces

  • Press foam shapes to the sticky side of tape. (Happy Toddler Playtime)

Supplies: Foam shapes, tape 

Gross Motor

  • Play a fun shape hopscotch game indoors when the weather isn’t cooperating. (Housing a Forest)

Supplies: Colored paper cut into different shapes, tape

  • Get the kids moving while going on a shape hunt. (Frugal Fun 4 Boys)

Supplies: Paper, marker, assorted toys and objects to find

  • Put together a roll hop shape game that’s easy enough for toddlers, too. (I Can Teach My Child)

Supplies: Painter’s tape, large cube, marker or free shapes printable

  • Toss bean bags into shapes that are taped to the floor. (Learn, Play, Imagine)

Supplies: Painter’s tape, bean bags

  • After drawing shapes on the sidewalk, name a shape for the children to run and find . (Gift of Curiosity)

Supplies: Sidewalk chalk

  • This shapes alphabet activity is an excellent way for young children to learn shapes … and colors! (Fun Learning for Kids)

Supplies: Card stock paper, dice, markers, permanent marker

  • After reading Mouse Shapes, invite your children to spell their names using different shapes. (Growing Book By Book)

Supplies: Various colors of construction paper, scissors, large sheets of white paper, markers or crayons

  • These free shape picture card puzzles work on simple symmetry and balance, as well as colors.

Supplies: Free shape picture card puzzles

  • Put together a shape sorting activity that uses tape on your floor. (Busy Toddler)

Supplies: Masking tape, assorted objects in different basic shapes

  • Put together a hands-on shapes sensory bin , inspired by the book The Shape of Things .

Supplies: Shredded paper, assorted colored foam cut into pieces, tweezers, containers

  • Place shapes in bubbly water for some soothing sensory play. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Supplies: Assorted colored foam cut into shapes, soapy water, shovel or large sifting toy

  • Work on fine motor skills while removing shapes from a sensory bin and then sorting them. (Stir the Wonder)

Supplies: Bin, black beans, shape buttons, fine motor tools, large tweezers, small muffin tin

  • Grab some shape buttons and press them into playdough for a nice, calming activity.

Supplies: Playdough, large shape buttons, matchsticks (optional), matching colored plates or bowls

  • Build 2D and 3D shapes with craft sticks and playdough. (In the Playroom)

Supplies: Playdough and craft sticks

  • Press pattern blocks into playdough for some shape impressions. (Play, Teach, Repeat)

Supplies: Pattern blocks and playdough

  • Add shape cookie cutters to your playdough table. (Nurture Store)

Supplies: Assorted shape cookie cutters and playdough

Circle Time

  • Put together a fun shapes story time that includes lots of repetition. (Library Village)
  • This collection of rhymes, actions songs, and finger plays add shape recognition to any circle time.
  • Get the children up and moving during circle time with a circle hunt .

Supplies: Felt cut into different sized circles, felt board

  • Make shapes disappear with this fun science activity that also targets fine motor skills. (Gift of Curiosity)

Supplies: Coffee filters, marker, dropper, water

  • Make your own shapes bubble wands for some outdoor science fun . (Nurture Store)

Supplies: Wooden chopsticks, pipe cleaners, pony beads (optional), tape (optional)

  • Test the strength of paper that is folded into differently shaped columns . (Creekside Learning)

Supplies: Paper and tape

  • What happens when you freeze magnetic objects into ice shapes? (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Supplies: A magnet set, assorted objects that can be picked up by a magnetic wand, shape ice cube trays

  • Make your own 3D bubble wands and see what happens when you use them to blow bubbles. (Little Bins for Little Hands)

Supplies: Pipe cleaners, straws, glue gun (optional), bubble solution

  • Sort your snack by shapes using this free printable . (Weekly Hive)

Supplies: Free shape sorting printable; assorted snacks

More Shape Recognition Posts

Shapes collections.

  • 15 Activities for Teaching Squares  (with Free Printable Pack)
  • 15+ Activities for Teaching Circles (with Free Printable Pack)

Classroom Set-Up

Come see how we set up our classroom for the shapes theme. Lots of hands-on activities!

A Week's Worth of Shape Recognition Activities

Fine motor stamping sheets for use with dot markers, such as Do-A-Dot.

10 different shapes: square, circle, triangle, rectangle, oval, diamond, hexagon, octagon, star, heart. Each shape includes the name below for tracing.

Includes two difficulty versions for modifications. Also includes a Spanish & English version of both, for 4 files total.

  • Shape Dot Stamping: Simple (English)
  • Shape Dot Stamping: Simple (Spanish)
  • Shape Dot Stamping: Extra Dots (English)
  • Shape Dot Stamping: Extra Dots (Spanish)

4 files, 40 pages total

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Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 20 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.

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3D Shape Activities

Learning 3D shapes just got WAY cooler! These engaging, hands-on 3D shape activities teach kids about cones, cubes, cylinders, hemispheres, hexagonal prisms, pyramids, rectangular prisms, spheres and triangular prisms.

They’re great to use as math centers or math lessons in kindergarten, first grade or second grade.

Grab your pack in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!   For more shapes fun, check out our Pattern Block Mats as well!

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Peek Inside 3D Shape Activities

Inside the kid-approved pack, students learn about the parts of 3D shapes with a helpful poster identifying faces, edges and vertices.

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Three interactive flap books challenge kids to draw each shape, identify real world objects containing the shape and then put their new knowledge to the test by writing its number of edges, vertices and faces.

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They build and read paper models of six shapes: a cone, cube, rectangular prism, cylinder, square pyramid and triangular pyramid.

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Kids match real world objects with their corresponding shape on a set of 27 clip cards.

3D shape clip cards!

Children spin a paper clip, name the shape it lands on and color it on the graph as they race to see what shape will reach the top first.

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And they practice naming and identifying shapes with a fun round of 3D Shape Bingo. (There’s a class set of boards!)

Class set of 3D Shape Bingo

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There’s so much fun packed into this set! Snag your copy  in our shop or on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Then, don’t forget to check out our Pattern Block Mats to practice more shapes!

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3D shapes kindergarten: Hands-on and engaging math centers. Teach 3D shapes to your kindergarten students with these easy print and prep activities.

3D shapes kindergarten: Hands-on and engaging math centers. Teach 3D shapes to your kindergarten students with these easy print and prep activities.

3D shapes can be a hard concept to teach in kindergarten. There are so many different concepts that they have to learn- how they are different from 2D shapes, what faces it has (which requires previous knowledge of 2D shapes- if you want activities to help out with that check out 2D Shapes Activities ), what edges and vertices are, and all their names!

I used some hands-on centers to help our students get acquainted with 3D shapes:

Spin and colour

Spin and Colour 3D shapes game and activities. Kindergarten math center to practice and review 3d shapes with this fun, hands-on worksheet

This fun worksheet has students spinning, identifying a shape, and coloring the matching picture in. This is a great way to work on shape recognition .

Spin and Colour 3D shapes game and activities. Kindergarten math center to practice and review 3d shapes with this fun, hands-on worksheet

Spin and build

Spin and Build 3D shapes game and activities. Kindergarten math center to practice and review 3d shapes with this fun, hands-on center

This fun spinner can be used in a couple of different ways. The first activity we did with it was with clay and toothpicks (I didn’t get a picture of this!) Students spun and then tried to build whatever shape they landed on using those materials.

We discussed why some shapes were harder to build than others and came up with different ways to build them (they figured out that they did not need toothpicks for a sphere or cylinder because they don’t have edges!).

Spin and Build 3D shapes game and activities. Kindergarten math center to practice and review 3d shapes with this fun, hands-on center

The second way they used the spinners was to build structures with the shapes they landed on. This student was making a Transformer with 3D shapes ! Love how this activity works on shape recognition and their properties (slide, stack, roll), all the while being fun.

Sort 2D and 3D Shapes

Sorting 2D and 3D shapess game and activities. Kindergarten math center to practice and review 3d shapes with this fun, hands-on center

These work mats and cards are a great way for students to work on the difference between 2D and 3D shapes . I know my students have a hard time with the difference between the two, so this was a great way to reinforce the concept and help them visualize the different shapes.

3D Shape attributes poster

3D shape attributes poster. Reinforce 3d shapes with these free posters.

We used these posters in our classroom to help our students remember the different attributes of 3D shapes. It helped them with the math vocabulary they needed to use, and were a great reference when they were doing centers.

These are a freebie that you can download from  my Resource Library !

These centers and more are available in my Easy Print and Prep Kindergarten Math Centers: 3D Shapes . It comes on its own or in a bundle:

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3D Nets Geometry Activity

Geometry projects are a fantastic way to do some hands on math with kids. In this 3D Nets Geometry Activity, students will learn about shapes, dimensions and calculating area by exploring geometry in 3D. Fun geometry projects that are interactive are a wonderful way to engage students in math. You can either build this ahead of time, or have your students build it themselves. This project makes the perfect addition to a math center. It is simple and fun math!

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3D Nets Interactive Geometry Centre

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WHAT IS GEOMETRY?

First let’s start with a very obvious question our students are going to have… What is geometry? Geometry is one of the oldest sciences and a branch of mathematics. It focuses on shapes and their properties such as size, position, angles, and dimensions (think 2D and 3D). It is also the study of lines, angles, symmetry, and space.

Geometry is used every day by people all over the world. Some real life applications include: art, architecture, engineering, robotics, astronomy, sculpture, blacksmithing, space, nature, sports, machines, cars, and so much more.

In this particular activity we are focused on shapes and dimensions. Learning how to take a flat 2D shape and make it 3D – three dimensional.

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This is a fantastic activity to help kids interact and develop a solid understanding of these concepts. Just watch this video! You can also find this video on the STEAM Powered Family YouTube Channel .

THE BASIC PROPERTIES OF 3D SHAPES

Everything on earth is made up of shapes. Some of these shapes are 2D and others are 3D. So, what is the difference between the two? Let’s compare a square and a cube:

Comparing 2D and 3D shapes

The letter “D” tells us that the shape has dimensions. 2D shapes have two dimensions and 3D shapes have three. The dimensions of the 2D shape are length and height and the 3D shape has three: length, width, and height.

2D shapes are flat shapes and are known as 2-dimensional. They have a surface area only. 3D shapes are 3-dimensional and in Geometry are also known as solid shapes. They take up space and have a surface area and volume. Volume is the space inside a 3D shape.

Here are some basic Geometry 3D shapes:

Examples of 3D shapes

This concept can be a bit confusing, so you are going to make 3D Pull-up Nets to understand the differences between 2D and 3D shapes.

WHAT IS A GEOMETRIC NET?

A net is a 2D picture of what a 3D shape would look like if it was opened out and laid flat. Some 3D shapes, like a cube, have many different nets, but end up looking like a cube when folded and glued together.

The three pull-up nets you are going to make are three of the four shapes you will be using in your tree house design. They are a cube, a triangular prism, and a cuboid.

The fourth shape is a cylinder. You are not going to make a net for this shape, as there is something you use in your home daily that is a cylinder and instead of throwing it away, you are going to give this item a new purpose in this project. Can you guess what it is?

3D PULL UP NETS DIY INSTRUCTIONS

Supplies and materials.

Single-wall cardboard cut to 45cm (17¾ inches) X 20cm (8inches) Glue stick Small hole punch or a thumb tack and wooden skewer 3 pieces of string or yarn cut to 70cm (28inches) Scissors

Plus you will need the printable templates which are available to members of the STEAM Powered Family mailing list. Simply enter your email in this form to unlock the printable.

To do this fun activity, you first print the templates on cardstock in 4 different colours.

Cut out all the pieces on the solid lines.

Punch holes on all the dots on each of the 3 pull-up nets with the hole punch.

Place all three nets onto the cardboard and mark the two holes that are on the “base” section of each net.

Fold the nets on the solid lines in both directions (first away from you then back towards you). This will allow the net to fold easily when pulling them up to form the 3D shapes.

Punch the two holes for each net on the bottom of the cardboard that you marked earlier.

Glue each “base” section of the net to the carboard, lining up the holes at the bottom of the nets and the cardboard.

Glue all the labels onto the cardboard, matching up the net with each label.

Start threading the string from under the cardboard up through the hole at the bottom of the net and then through all the other holes and finally back to the last hole, through to the back of the cardboard.

Take both strings and make a knot.

Fold the pull tag in half and glue it over the strings just under the knot, then trim the strings to the same length on the ends.

The nets are done! Let’s watch the video to see the pull-up nets in action.

USING 3D NETS WITH STUDENTS

Now that you have completed your amazing 3D Nets, here are fun geometry activities for you to explore:

Identify the parts of 3D Shapes

3D shapes have faces or sides, edges and vertices or corners.

A face is a flat or curved surface on a 3D shape. A cube has six faces, a cylinder has three and a sphere has just one.

An edge is where two faces meet. A cube has 12 edges, a cylinder has two and a sphere has none.

A vertex is a corner where edges meet. The plural is vertices. A cube has eight vertices, a cone has one vertex, and a sphere has none.

Have your students examine the 3D Nets and identify the faces, edges and vertices.

Calculate the number of faces, edges, and vertices of the shapes you used.

Calculate Area

Now that students have explored the shapes, it is time to do some math. Have them calculate the area of all the faces and the surface area of each of the 3D shapes.

PRO TIP! The area of one face of a cube = Length X Height. (Example: if the length is 5cm and the height is 5cm, the area equals 5 X 5 = 25). The surface area of a 3D shape = The sum of all the areas of all the faces. (Example: A cube has 6 faces. The area of each face = 25. The surface area = 6 X 25 = 150) .

Go on a 3D Scavenger Hunt

Have students go on a scavenger hunt and find real-life examples of the 3D shapes used in this project.

Engineer with 3D Shapes

Now your students have learned about 3D shapes, challenge them to build using those shapes. We took this concept and challenged the kids to a Dream Treehouse Building Project using Geometry .

Make Math Festive with Geome-Tree

Why not try using geometry to make fun ornaments for the holidays?

Have fun with geometry and 3D Nets!

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3D Shape Worksheets

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Learning about 3D shapes is so exciting, especially with these fun 3d shapes for kids printable activities.. Children in preschool and kindergarten will have a great time using these 3d shape worksheets to learn about cubes, pyramids, cylinders, cones, spheres, rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms in this fun 3d Shapes worksheets activities for kids.

3d Shape Worksheets

The 3D Shape Worksheets  Pack includes a variety of math and literacy activities such as puzzles, counting and do-a-dot pages as well as a poster for each of the shapes used through this pack.

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Here are some items that pair well with these activities. You will use each of these items over and over during all my printable preschool activity packs.

  • Do a Dot Art Markers 
  • A pocket chart or   this mini one too .
  • Write and wipe Dry Erase Pockets
  • Laminator with pockets 
  • Clothespins 

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3d Shapes Worksheets

In this printable pack, children will be introduced to seven different 3D shapes: cubes, pyramids, cylinders, cones, spheres, rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms.

3d shapes worksheets

Activities in the 3d shapes for kids printable pack include:

  • Line Tracing Page
  • Count and Clip Cards
  • Cutting Practice page
  • See and Stamp pages
  • Number Cards
  • Trace the letters
  • Fingerprint activity
  • Montessori 3 Part Cards
  • Size Sequencing Cards
  • Number Puzzles
  • Word Building Puzzle

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Also, in this 3D Shape worksheets pack is a full page poster for each shape. On printing out these posters and laminating them, children can use a dry erase marker to trace over the shapes while saying the name of the shape.

There are also some Shape Sorting Pages. There are two different shapes on each page which the children will try to distinguish the different and place in the correct column. There is also a shape, easy-read book and some shape match and clip cards.

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As always, there are the number and word building puzzles as well as the four and five-piece puzzles. There are also many activities that include the Irish flag; do-a-dot page, colouring page, color by letter, size sequencing cards and a number puzzle. There are also shape coloring pages included. You can use crayons, markers, do a dot markers, q-tips, fingertips and more!

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 Where to get the activity pack

GET THE 3D SHAPE PRINTABLE PACK HERE

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Why Children Need To Learn Shapes and the Best Activities To Help

Why teach shapes? Learn why children need to learn shapes and the best activities to help. Plus printables!

Shapes are one of those things we work on with kids from a  young age.  We teach what a circle is, a triangle, a square.  Colors, letters, numbers, shapes. 

These are some of the first things we work on with children. 

Colors are easy and fun to point out.  Numbers and letters are building blocks for their entire future. 

But why do we focus on shapes?  Are they just easy? 

There are actually some very concrete reasons for teaching toddlers and preschoolers shapes. 

Here are 5 big reasons to teach preschoolers and toddlers shapes, plus some fun printables to color or use play-doh for sensory shape fun.

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Why do we teach shapes to our children? 

It isn’t just because it is easy.  Shapes are building blocks for several bigger concepts that children will use throughout their schooling and lives. 

There are big reasons to start shape learning early.  Here are some major concepts they work.

Basic shapes like circles, triangles, and squares are distinctly different from each other.  This makes them great for practicing same and different. 

Same and different is the start of really recognizing distinctive traits objects can have.  It is also the first level of categorizing. 

Are these two objects the same or different?  This is the start of basic observation skills.

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Once the basic same or different concept is down, children can move into more complicated categorization. 

What makes a circle different from a square?  This is detailed recognition of traits objects have. 

An important skill is being able to find a common characteristic among different items.  A great way to practice this is to send your child on a shape hunt. 

How many circle objects can they find? How many squares?  This shows them that shape is something that many different things can have in common. 

Categorization is an important science skill.

Shapes are a great way to introduce problem-solving skills. 

Take a shape sorter.  Your child needs to determine which shape goes in which hole, and then they need to actually fit it in. 

This works spatial relation skills as well.  How do objects fit together?  (As your children grow puzzles work the same sort of skill.  How do you recognize what piece fits where?) 

Anything that works problem-solving is helpful for children, and this sort of trait recognition is key for future science skills.

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Math Skills

I feel math skills are an obvious area that gets worked when you teach your children shapes. 

Geometry is in part the study of shapes.  Having a basic understanding of them from a young age will make this math class a lot easier for kids. 

Understanding the characteristics of shapes involves a lot of counting.  How many sides does a shape have?  This easily folds in number practice when you play with your toddlers and preschoolers. 

Pattern recognition comes into play as well.  Every time you add a side you get a new shape, this is a pattern.  Being able to physically see the difference between a shape with three sides and one with five helps with number sense, a key to all math success.

( Learn more about number sense and why it matters here .)

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This is one of the biggest reasons to work on shapes early.  Shapes help with letter recognition. 

Think about letters, they are very similar to shapes.  The letter V is a triangle missing a side, and the letter O is just a circle. 

Understanding what shapes are and that they have meaning starts to build literacy.  Practicing distinguishing between a square and a triangle help kids recognize between different letters. 

The same is true for reading numerals.  Having children draw shapes and working on the lines and angles needed to draw a triangle or rectangle helps them later in life when they are learning to write their letters.

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Ways to Learn and Practice Shapes

There are lots of ways to practice shapes.  One of my favorite things about this topic is that you can make it more and more challenging as your child learns more and more. 

You start with circles, triangles, and squares.  Then there are pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons, and more.  (This is a great lesson in prefixes too.) 

Even with just 4 sides, there are a variety of shapes to work on.  Square versus rectangle.  Trapezoids, diamonds, parallelograms. 

And don’t forget hearts, stars, crescents, and more.  There is just so much depth to this simple subject. 

Here are some fun and easy ways to work on shapes with your children.  Play is key with these.

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I think we try to make teaching our children too hard sometimes.  The simplest way to work on shapes is just to talk about them. 

My mother-in-law calls the toddler years the years of two names.  Everything you share with your children has two names.  For example, you don’t just hand your child a cup you hand them the blue cup.  Or we play with the red ball. 

Whatever it is, we can naturally add descriptors that are teaching our children.  Use shapes the same way.  You can read the square book or play with the triangle magnet.  You don’t need big explanations, especially with very young toddlers. 

Just start using the vocabulary.

My kids love going on scavenger hunts.  It doesn’t matter what we are looking for, they adore it. 

So send your kids on a shape hunt! 

I have my children gather up anything that is triangle shaped, or circles.  It is easier to focus on one shape at a time with toddlers.  Preschoolers can look for more than one shape at a time, adding in sorting practice along with the shape practice. 

You don’t need anything special for this.  Regular household items and kid toys come in all shapes.  But if you want to make it more specific, try cutting shapes out of construction paper. 

Low cost and easy cleanup.

Shape sorters are a staple for a reason.  You can find them in every price range.  (In fact, Ali and Sammy’s favorite shape sorter came from Walgreens for about $5.) 

These sorters practice shape recognition, problem-solving skills, and spatial relations, all in one little toy. 

You can even make your own.  Grab some blocks or other key shapes and trace them onto a shoebox or other box.  Then cut the shapes out and let your children sort!

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Coloring books and shape workbooks are a wonderful way to work on shapes.  Plus you get work on sitting still and focus skills. 

Coloring is a childhood staple that is full of benefits.  ( Learn all about the benefits of coloring here! )

While your child is coloring, talk about the shapes on the page just as you would talk about the colors they are using.  Tracing books provide additional writing practice that will come in handy when they are older.

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This is one of my favorite ways to work shapes.  Sensory activities are stepping-stones for STEM skills in life, plus they help children really engage in what they are learning. 

I created some shape printables for my children.  You can laminate them and have your child fill the shapes in with Play-Doh.  ( Or slime, if you have a slime loving child .) 

I don’t have a laminator, as much as I want one.  So instead of that I purchased a few clear plastic sleeves used for binders and put the printables in those. 

Easy to put together and easy to clean up.  Head to the bottom of this post to learn how to get these for free to use with your children!

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A great shape activity you can use as a busy bag activity is shape sticks!

Learn how to make them all here: Shape sticks for Preschool and Toddlers

The short version is to group sticks to make shapes and write the number of sticks needed on each group. So write 3 on three sticks for a triangle, etc. This is a great way to build independent play skills while practicing shapes!

Shapes Everywhere

Shapes are another one of those seemingly simple topics that have big implications for children.  And adults. 

Think of all the symbols and signs we can recognize just by the shape, even without words.  Octagons are stop signs.  An upside down triangle is a warning.  Hearts mean love and stars are usually a good thing. 

Shapes are such an important first step towards literacy and math skills.  Things like shapes seem so simple and basic, yet they are teaching our children more than we can imagine.

-Kim

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Hands-on activities are amazing for learning about shapes. But worksheets can be helpful as well. These three free worksheets are great for shape practice.

Your child can practice tracing the shapes and then draw them in with the dots. Finally, practice scissor skills while you cut and paste the pictures with the proper shape. Easy and fun! (And don’t forget to let them color their shapes too.)

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J. Ivy Boyter

Sunday 19th of August 2018

These are such great ideas for learning shapes! I particularly love the idea of the Playdoh Shapes, thank you

Saturday 18th of August 2018

I loved reading the benefits of teaching shapes, it's really not something we think about a whole lot. We just know they need to know their shapes. :-)

Krystal Miller

Monday 13th of August 2018

My daughter is 3 and knows her shapes. We had shape sorters around the house and just made a point to mention them along with colors, letters, etc.

Rebecca Hicks

I totally agree with everything you said! And I love the different activities you included on teaching shapes. They sound like fun, but also great ways to teach children all about different shapes.

I love these ideas! I will have to try some of them with my toddler. We do a lot of work with shapes and are now using them to learn patterns which has been fun.

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