How to Teach Kids About Shapes

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Teaching kids about shapes is fun and easy when using basic materials and the environment around you. Using the classroom as a setting for teaching shapes to preschool students is a great way to create a comfortable learning environment and help them retain information about shapes.

Things You'll Need

  • Pictures of shapes (square, circle, rectangle and triangle)
  • Objects similar in shape to a square, circle, rectangle and triangle
  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Have examples of basic shapes-square, circle, rectangle, and triangle-at the front of the room for children to see. Write the names of the shapes underneath so preschool students can associate the shapes with the letters.

  • Before working with students place several objects, such as building blocks, around the classroom that are the same shapes for students to use with the lesson.

  • Go over each shape with students and make sure all are able to recognize the shapes by randomly calling on them.

  • Explain to students that they will be going on a scavenger hunt in the classroom and will be finding objects that match the shapes. They will have 3 minutes to find as many objects as they can that are the same shape as the ones at the front of the room. When a student finds as object, they will bring it to the front and place it in front of the shape.

  • When the 3 minutes are up, look at all the objects found with students and make sure they match with the shapes at the front of the room.

  • Have students find a place to sit and provide them with a piece of paper and crayon. Have students copy the shapes on their papers and try to write the name of the shape under the shape.

  • When finished drawing and writing the shapes, have students turn their papers over and create a drawing using the four shapes. Color in the picture with crayons.



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