Exploring Shapes

Children need many opportunities to learn about shapes. Here is a collection of playful activities to teach shape recognition and identification while children are learning English as a second language. These fun activities help them learn to identify circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, ovals, stars and hearts.

 

 

Shape Prints

 

We use play-doh to practice the shapes. Using moulding tools, they can print circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, hearts, and stars. 

What shape can you print with this tool? You need a knife to cut the prints out.

 

Shape Patterns

 

Patterns can be numbers, shapes, images that repeat in a logical way. Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills. 

Can you read your patterns? Which one is your favourite?

 

 

Cutting Practice and Learning Shapes

 

It is a fun activity to practice cutting skills as well as talking and learning about shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, semi-circle) at the same time.

Cut out the shapes along the dashed line. What colours can you see? What colour is the (triangle)? How many (triangles) have you got? What shape is the yellow one?

 

Shape Collage

 

Let's make a shape collage. We need a piece of paper, glue and the shapes you cut out earlier. What shape is this? Which shape is your favourite? How many (squares) are the in your shape collage?

 

Marble Paper Shape Collage

 

Artwork can be used up in many ways. We created cards and decorations from the marble paper we made during one of our art sessions and cut shapes from the leftover to create a collage.

 

What shape is this? How many circles are there? Can you find the biggest square? Where is the smallest triangle? What do we use to make this picture?


 

Shape Figure

 

 

What shape is its body? And the nose? What about the eyes? And the legs? Then they describe their figures: This is my friend. It's a (star). The eyes are (circles), the nose is (a red triangle), etc.

 

 

Going on a Shape Hunt

 

We are going on a shape hunt! What shapes are there on your sheet? (circle, triangle,  rectangle, square) Shapes are everywhere. Let's go to the yard to spot them

This activity helps them recognize and identify shapes in their environment. While we are on a shape hunt, we sing the following song: 

 

Going on a shape hunt, leaving right away.

If it doesn't rain, we'll stay all day.

Do you see a circle? Yes, we see a circle.

Going on a shape hunt, here we go.

 

Shape Hunt PDF

 

 

Shape Art: The Three Little Pigs 

 

Creating houses is a good way of practising the shapes, and if it's connected to a story, it's more engaging. First, we watch and play The Three Little Pigs, then we start making the houses out of shapes. 

 

What does the first piggy make his house of? Yes, straw. What colour shapes do we need for his house? Don't forget to add the door. What shape is the door? What about the second piggy's house? What does he build his house of? Twigs! Exactly! The third piggy is the most hardworking one. He makes his house of bricks. We need a lot of bricks to build his house. 

 

 

 

 

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