Shapes Here, Shapes There!

A basket full of circles

Collect some round items like jar lids, bottle caps, 0-shaped cereal pieces, paper circles and some not round. Put all of these in basket. Show one object and let children say if it belongs to the basket or not.

Shape Book I

Give each child a piece of paper with the name of a shape written on the bottom. Now give the child several shapes and let them glue the right one onto the right paper. When done and all the shapes are glued on the right pages, give them another paper but on it write "My Shape Book". They can decorate this cover if they want. Now staple all the pages and cover together. Kids can take this home and read their Shape Book to their parents.

Shape Book II

Create a shape book by folding large construction paper in half and then making a page for each shape.

First Page:
"Blue Square, Blue Square, What do you See?"
let the children glue blue squares on the page

Second Page
"I see a Purple triangle looking at me"
and have children glue a purple triangle on that page

On the bottom on the page write "Purple Triangle, purple triangle what do you see?" …
Continue until all shapes are made

The shape of things

Use this poem to make a big shape book

What is a circle? What is round?
A quarter rolling on the ground.
A wheel is a circle, so is the moon,
A bottle cap, or a big balloon.

What is a square, with sides the same?
The wooden board for a checker game.
A slice of cheese, a TV screen,
A table napkin to keep you clean.

What is a rectangle, straight and tall?
The door that stands within your wall.
A dollar bill, a loaf of bread,
The mattress lying on your bed.

What is a triangle, with sides of three?
A piece of pie for you and me.
A musical triangle, ding, ding, ding,
A slice of pizza with everything!

These are the shapes seen everywhere:
A triangle, rectangle, circle, square.
If you look closely where you've been,
You'll surely see the shapes you're in!

Red Square Red Square What do you see?

Red square sees a green circle looking at me
green circle sees a orange triangle
orange triangle sees a blue rectangle
blue rectangle sees a purple heart
purple heart sees a yellow star
yellow star sees a black diamond
black diamond sees _______ looking at me ( you add the child's name)

Shapes What About You...

I am a circle;
Here's what I can do.
I can roll around.
How about you?
I am a square
So perfectly true.
I am the same length on four sides.
How about you?
I am a rectangle
With four sides too!
But I can be short or tall.
What about you?
I am a triangle
With only three sides.
But I can stand on any one.
How about you?

It fits in my shape!!

Cut squares in assorted sizes, one for each of your children. Gather a number of classroom materials, large and small. Let children take turns naming one of the items and predicting whether it will fit inside their square or not. Then have each child place his or her item in the square to check the prediction.

Fabric Squares

Cut pairs of square shapes out of various textured fabrics, such as corduroy, satin, or velvet. Mix up the squares, put them in a basket, and let children to find the match-ups. You can do this with all the shapes.

Shapely collage

Cut large versions of circles, triangles and squares from colourful construction paper. Mix up all the pre-cut shapes and place them in the middle of the table. Let children to make a colourful shapely collage.

Yarn shapes

Model how to tie yarn into a circle, a triangle, a square… Then give directions to make their own shapes on a sheet of paper.

Shape Matching

From construction paper, cut an assortment of the shapes your children have been learning. Cut one shape per child, plus several extras. Put them in a paper bag. Make larger felt figures of each shape. Have each child select a paper shape from the paper bag. Put one of your felt shapes on the flannel board. Have the children whose shapes match yours hold up their shape. Change the shape on the flannel board. Repeat for every shape.

Making Shapes

Challenge your children to make various shapes (circles, hearts, diamonds, squares, rectangles, and triangles) using just their hands and fingers. Now challenge them to use any body parts to do the same. They might make a triangle by pushing their elbows into their sides and bringing their fingertips together.

Counting Shapes

On chart paper, make a graph with eight rows. Label these "Circle;' "Square," "Triangle;' "Rectangle," "Star," "Heart;' "Diamond;' and "Oval:' shapes
Have your children point out items in the room that belong in the various categories. Draw a small picture of each item in the appropriate row. Count the items in each row and discuss the graph. Which shape was found most often, least often, do any two categories have the same number of items?

Shape sort
You will need red, blue, yellow cardboard

Red cardboard:
1 large circle, 1 medium size square, 1 small triangle.
Blue cardboard:
1 large square, 1 medium sized triangle, 1 small circle.
Yellow cardboard:
1 large triangle, 1 medium sized circle, 1 small square.
Mix up the shapes and lay them out on a table or on the floor. Let the children take turns sorting the shapes into piles by colour, by size and then by shape.

Floating Foam Shapes

Purchase several sheets of colourful craft foam from your local craft store. Cut various shapes from the foam and float these shapes in your water table. Also provide containers in various shapes, such as square baskets or round plates or rectangle trays. Ask the children to sort the foam shapes into the corresponding shaped containers.

Shape Rubbings

Cut sheets of sandpaper into basic shapes. Have each child choose a sandpaper shape. Use a piece of rolled masking tape to secure each child's shape to a clipboard. Then clip a sheet of white copy paper over the shape. Model how to rub the length of the crayon across the paper to make the shape appear. Continue with different crayon colors and shapes on the same or different paper.

Sensory Shapes

Cut different shapes out of different feeling things (sandpaper, wallpaper, carpet, different textures of fabric, etc.) then glue them to a big piece of cardboard, and ask the children to feel the different shapes. Place a shape in a "feely bag" and ask one child at a time to identify with their sense of touch.

Shapes feely bag

Place one shape from each pair in a feely bag and the other squares in a pile. Let each child select a square from the pile and use the sense of touch to find its match in the feely bag.

Shape Hunt

The best time to do this activity is after their special classes (Art, Gym, etc) .
Hide different sizes of a particular shape all around your classroom (circle, square, rectangle, oval, star)
Tell your children that they are going on a shape hunt. Explain that you have hidden (circles) all around the room and your job is to try and find no more than 5 circles. When the children find the shapes, they go to the carpet.
Once they are at the carpet, ask them to sort the shapes. Have them count how many triangles they found, how many squares, etc…

Spotlighting Shapes

Tape cut-outs of basic shapes around your classroom. Put some on the walls, some on the doors, and some on the floor. Then darken the room somewhat and give a flashlight to each child. Have them shine the light on a shape and identify it. Then you can mention a shape and they have to light them.

Shape Day

To end the unit, prepare a “Shape Day” or a “Circle Day”. This day ask children to wear clothes that contain something of that shape or ask parents to build shape necklaces, bracelets…
This day have a special shapely snack and play a “Show-n-tell” shape show.

Shape Walk

Take children outside for a shape walk. Walk around the school or playground and see how many shapes they can found.
On the walk, point out objects and have children identify the shapes they see.
After returning to the classroom, have them make a picture of the object, make a picture of the shape in the object, or write about what they found.
Optional: Take photos of the objects children point.
Variation: You can give each child a shape on a necklace to find on a Shape walk around the neighbourhood.
And you can also make crayon rubbings of the shapes they find such as fences, bricks,
You can display the rubbings in the classroom.

Home-School Connection

For the conclusion of the unit send notes home requesting that each child will bring to class a “shape snack” (like sandwiches cut in triangles, circle cookies, etc..) to share with their friends.
At snack time put all the snacks on the table and let the children have a shapely delicious time

Circle Day : sliced bananas, grapes, scoop of ice cream, muffins, cookies, sandwich made on round bread, pancakes and pizza.

Triangle Day - triangular chips, cheese slices cut into triangles, triangular crackers, ice cream cones, sandwich cut into triangles

Square Day - cheese cubes, crackers, rice crispy squares, sandwiches cut into squares,

Rectangle Day - celery sticks, carrot sticks, rectangular crackers, granola bars, sandwich cut into strips. Apple Sailboat Snack
The children make apple sailboats from an apple slice, a triangular piece of cheese, and a toothpick.

Shape Snack
Cut sandwiches into triangles, use square crackers or graham cracker squares with peanut butter, round crackers with cheese and rectangular wafer cookies. Encourage the children to tell us what shape they are eating and we also brainstorm other shaped foods (pizza, cake, cucumber/carrot slices, etc.

Shape Sandwiches

Cut your snack sandwiches into different shapes and ask your children if they want a circle, square, etc.

Shape Cookies

For snack have cookies cut out in different shapes.

Shapes Playdough Mats

Shapes- Vocabulary Pack


2D Shapes Watches

3D Shape Headbands

2D Shape Headbands

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