The best way for preschoolers to learn their shapes is through play. They are naturally drawn to shapes and often will learn them just by simple and consistent reminders from you.
That doesn’t mean that learning shapes can’t be fun! Here are some super simple shape activities for preschoolers that will having them naming them recognizing the shapes- from triangle to octagon in no time!
9 Shape Activities for Preschoolers to Explore
Read Books About Shapes
Sometimes reading is the best way to expose children to new concepts. It’s a low stress, engaging way to explore the world of shapes. Here are some of my favorite shape-themed books for preschoolers:
Shape Scavenger Hunt
This shape activity can be a lot of fun for kids! And it’s simple, with next to no prep needed on your part.
All you need to do is pick a shape and have your child search the house and/or yard for that shape. Either they can collect items in a basket or just seek them out loud (especially helpful for large items such as rectangular doors and refrigerators!)
This game is also fun to do in the car, call out a shape and have your preschooler watch the scenery go by while looking for the shape.
Another simple shape activity is to make shape collages. You can do this one of 2 ways-
One- Have your preschoolers look for pictures of shapes in magazines. Let them cut out the shaped items and glue them down on paper
Two- Cut out a variety of paper shapes in all colors. Place them on a tray and let your child build something out of shapes. Challenge them to think of how shapes work together to make new items. Or give them a theme to work with, like this Build a Truck Activity.
Geoboard Shape Activity
Geoboards are a fun sensory activity for small children.
Using rubber bands allow your preschooler to explore making different shapes by stretching the bands in different ways.
Once they have explored, challenge them to make a particular shape of your choice.
This can be a good way to introduce things like the types of triangles, and lesser known shapes like trapezoids. It’ll give them a great start to geometry!
Sorting shapes uses a different part of the brain and requires a lot of thought for young kids.
You can have your child sort paper shapes, pattern blocks, or other small objects.
Or you can collect shaped items from around the house and have them sort the items into separate piles (* Masking tape shaped taped to the floor can make this one super fun!)
Shape Themed Sensory Bin
Like I said, play is one of the best ways to learn shapes! And a sensory bin is the ultimate play!
You can create a multi-shaped bin that will lend itself to shape sorting.
Or you can create sensory bin around one particular shape- where everything in the bin is that shape. Then just let your preschooler explore the shapes!
Check out my post on How to Make a Square Sensory Bin to get some ideas on what to make.
Craft Stick Shapes
Craft sticks are another fun way to explore the world of shapes.
Challenge your child to build a variety of different shapes using craft sticks.
Ore create a set of magnetic shape-creating sticks for even more fun!
Sidewalk Chalk Shapes
Getting outside and moving around is a really fun way to learn. Sidewalk chalk is a fun way to explore the shapes. You can:
Create a Shape Path to follow
Create a Shape Hopscotch Board
Make a Shapes Jumping Game
Here’s a recipe to make Sidewalk Chalk Paint that makes painting shapes even more fun!
We use BINGO for learning all sorts of skills- and shapes is no different.
You can create your own boards using which ever shapes you want. You can add in colors to make it more interesting too.
Here’s a great printable shape bingo board that uses pictures of real life items instead of just basic shapes.