Teaching shapes is so much fun with little learners. From whole group shape hunts to creating a book of shapes, you are bound to find these 5 shape activities useful in your shape unit of study. Check out and download each of the FREE shape printables below to use during your math instruction!
Introducing shape identification is fun and easy with a simple shape hunt. You simple post the shapes around the room with sticky tack, give a group of learners a shape magnifying glass and send them off on a shape hunt. When they find a shape have them bring it back to whole group and compare the shapes you will be studying and discuss the attributes and names of each.
Even better, you can use this activity as a math center or a small group intervention activity if needed. We use the magnifying glasses to go on shape hunt for real life object as well!
Dot the Shape
When it comes to creating shapes it is best to start as simple as possible. These Dot the Shape printables are perfect for introducing how to form shapes. Learners can get a better idea of the attributes of each shape when they use the bingo daubers to form the shapes. From sides to points or rounded shapes, they can focus on the perimeter of each shape.
Geoboard Shape Cards
I love using geoboards in small group instruction and math centers. These shape cards come in handy when we are forming our shapes. Learners are able to create the shapes by copying the diagram on the shape cards. There may be a lot of trial and error at first, but nothing beats how excited they get when they are able to create the shapes easily.
Every shape unit of study needs a visual resource for learners to refer to throughout the year. These printables are bright and great to post on your math wall.
My Book of Shapes
This is one of my favorite shape activities and I like to use this book throughout our study of shapes. Learners will be able to use what they have learned, prior knowledge and writing to create their shape book.
For each shape, learners will think of a real life object, color or draw a picture to show that object, trace the shape word and use their sounds to write the object they chose. It is so much fun to see what they come up with and how creative your little ones can be. Plus the added bonus of phonetic writing always makes my teacher heart happy!
I hope that you are able to use these resources with your learners and be sure to check out other math resources I have in my store and math ideas and freebies on my blog. Have fun and happy teaching! You can grab ALL of these shape resources by clicking the download button below!