15 Best Shape-learning Games And Activities For Kids

Shape Learning Activities For Kids

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A round peg in a square hole is just wrong.

But a child with a poor understanding of geometric patterns would not know it.

We see shapes everywhere. Everything around us has a shape, but we rarely pay attention to it. Wouldn’t it be fun to sit with your child and play a game of identifying the shapes of objects we see around us? Ask your kid, and we’re pretty sure she would get elated. MomJunction shares with you the games and activities to teach geometric shapes for kids. We have also included some exciting online shape games for kids.

Online Shape Games For Kids

Most kids love computer games. So why not use them to teach your children a bit about shapes?

1. I Love Shapes

Your child can play this game on the PBS website. With Curious George, the monkey from the animated TV series with the same name, your child gets to learn all about basic geometric shapes as well as other we see every day.

This easy, interactive game requires the child to remember the shape displayed at the beginning and help George collect that shape to score points. The game has multiple levels, with each level tougher than the previous one.

Try this game online here.

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2. Shape Construction

A colorful game to teach children about geometry and symmetry, Shape Construction is similar to match the shapes. It is available on ABCYA.com, an interactive ABC Network website for kids. The objective of the game is to place the right shape in the right place to complete the construction of the building.

The game has multiple levels with each level tougher than the previous one.

Play Shapes Construction online here.

3. Purpy’s Shapes

Purpy’s Shapes is an online interactive matching game in which the child has to make the connection between the geometric shape and everyday objects. The game is realistic and will keep your child busy thinking about the shapes of things they see, even after it ends. Teach your kids to play this game, and in no time they will start noticing shapes of different objects!

Try Purpy’s Shapes, online game, here.

4. Shape Lab

Shape Lab is a kids learning shapes game by BBC Bitesize Maths. The game is suitable for older children and requires considerable knowledge about geometric shapes, the number of sides they have and so on. Each time scientist Pablo gives you a hint and you need to find the right image to help him complete the experiment. The game is attractive with colorful visuals and background sounds.

Try BBC Shape Lab game for kids here.

5. Math Under The Sea

Math Under The Sea is an initiative by LearnAlberta.ca to teach children about the concept of 2D and 3D shapes, and also the terminology associated with it. This game is ideal for older kids who are familiar with concepts like sides, edges, faces, and vertices. The game is easy to play and an excellent tool for practicing these concepts.

Play Math Under The Sea shapes game here.

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2D Shape Learning Activities

2D shapes are basic shapes such as a square, rectangle, circle and triangle among others. Some activities also include shapes of vegetables, fruits, and other everyday objects. These activities can help the child learn about shapes with example, remember and identify shapes.

6. Matching the Shapes

Matching the Shapes

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You can try this activity by using a color paper or cloth. It needs a little bit of preparation though.

You will need:

  • 2 drawing or craft sheets
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or sketch to draw shapes
  • Glue

What to do:

  1. Cut different shapes out of the chart paper. These could be shapes of vegetables, fruits, vehicles, geometric shapes for kids to learn and other objects he or she sees every day.
  2. Draw the same shapes or patterns on the other chart paper.
  3. Give the shapes to the child and ask him to place the right shape at the right place.

This activity is a great way to reinforce what the child has learned at school.

What kids learn: Identifying and memorizing shapes

This activity is ideal for first graders or kids who have just been introduced to the concepts of geometry. To reduce the preparation time, you can also buy ready-to-use wooden cutouts of different shapes for the activity.

[ Read: Paper Cutting Craft Ideas For Kids ]

7. Shapes With Matchsticks

Shapes With Matchsticks

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Did you know that you can teach your kids about shapes using something as mundane as matchsticks? Keep reading to find out how.

You will need:

  • A matchbox with at least 50-100 matchsticks
  • A Chart or table space to make shapes
  • Glue (optional)

What to do:

  1. Put the matchsticks to a side and clear the table.
  2. If you are using a chart, place it flat on the table and stick it with scotch tape to hold it in place.
  3. List out the shapes you can make, or draw the shapes on the chart.
  4. Place the matchsticks on the shapes (except circle and sphere) and glue them if you want.

If you are not using glue, you can reuse the matchsticks to make as many shapes as you want – anything from a box to a home or even a plane!

What kids learn: Shapes, dimensions

8. Trace and color the shapes

Trace and color the shapes

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This is a pretty simple activity to help the child memorize shapes.

You will need:

  • A coloring book with geometric shapes or a blank drawing book
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Color pencils or crayons

What to do:

  1. Draw the geometric shapes in the coloring book. The shapes should be big enough to trace and color.
  2. Show the child how to trace the shape.
  3. Let the child trace the shape first and then color it.

What kids learn: Making and identifying shapes

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9. Cut the shape

Cut the shape

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This activity focuses on teaching the child about shapes and also enables them to improve the hand-eye coordination.

You will need:

  • Craft paper
  • Sketch pens
  • Scissors for the child

What to do:

  1. Draw the shapes on the craft paper. Choose easy-to-cut shapes depending on the age of the child. You could choose anything from basic shapes to paper dolls, animals and more.
  2. Start by demonstrating how to cut a shape along the outline.
  3. Let the child cut out the shapes and also name them.

Make sure you are with the children when they are using the scissors for the activity.

What kids learn: Identifying and naming shapes

10. Bake A Shape

Bake A Shape

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Who wants some cookies? If your child does, he will have to name that shape first!

You will need:

  • Cookie dough mix
  • Cookie cutters

What to do:

  1. Prepare the cookie dough as per the instructions on the box.
  2. Flatten the dough for the cookies.
  3. Use differently shaped cookie cutters – stars, hearts, circles, triangles, flowers and so on – to cut the cookies from the flattened dough and bake them.
  4. Every time you give the child a cookie, make sure they name the shape.
  5. You could ask them relevant questions about the shape if they want more than one.

[ Read: Paper Flowers Crafts For Kids ]

What kids learn: Identify shapes, make solid shapes using molds

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3D Shape Learning Games

Shape recognition and understanding help the child interact with the environment and process visual information (1). Cubes, cuboids, and spheres are three-dimensional shape games for kids which have more than one face.

11. Shape Sorting

Shape Sorting

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Is there is a difference between a cube and a cuboid? Is an oval the same as a sphere? Some shapes may be similar and confusing for the kids. Here is an activity that enables your kids to differentiate between two shapes.

You will need:

  • Toy blocks
  • Shape sorter (optional)

What to do:

  1. Put all the blocks in a basket or a bag.
  2. Let your child pick the blocks one-by-one, and categorize them based on the shape.
  3. Every time the child does that, ask him to name that shape.

What kids learn: Memorizing shapes

12. Wooden Shapes Puzzle

Wooden Shapes Puzzle

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A puzzle helps in memorizing the shapes and also applying logic. Wooden shape puzzles are ideal for children in primary or middle school.

You will need:

  • 1 Puzzle set

What to do:

The objective is to get your child to complete the puzzle while naming each shape. The more the child plays, the better she will understand the shapes and remember their characteristics.

What kids learn: Memorizing shapes, logic

13. Play With Clay

Play With Clay

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Clay molds or play-doh boosts creativity and can also be used to make 3D shapes.

You will need:

  • Play-doh or similar clay modeling kit
  • Plastic molds to make shapes

What to do:

Use the plastic or metal frames to make 3D patterns like a cube, sphere, stars, tree and more. You can also make these shapes by molding the clay without using the blocks.

What kids learn: Making 3D shapes, getting creative

14. Shape flash cards

Shape flash cards

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Flash cards can be an excellent way to test your child’s knowledge and prepare them for a test or exam. Shape flash cards can also be effective for reinforcing a younger child’s learning.

You will need:

A set of flash cards for geometric shapes – pick the appropriate pack with the child’s knowledge of shapes or geometry in mind.

What to do:

  1. You can use flash cards with just the shape and ask what it is called or use cards with the name of the shape and ask the child to draw the shape.
  2. With older kids, you can use these cards to talk about the features such as the number of sides and edges of a geometric shape, if it is a 3D shape or a 2D shape, what type of polygon it is and so on.

What kids learn: Memorizing what they learned about shapes or geometry.

15. Shapes We See

Shapes We See

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This is an activity that you and your child can indulge in every day.

You will need:

Time, presence of mind

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What to do:

Whenever you look at a new object or vegetable or fruit, ask the child what shape it is. Asking random questions will make this activity more like play and less like a lesson. You can repeat the question about a shape to reinforce what was learned.

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Teaching basic shapes to children is easy when you know about the shapes. Therefore, before you try any of these games or activities, brush up your knowledge of geometric shapes and other patterns that the child should know about. With the right information, you can clear your child’s doubts on the name, shape, and features of geometric patterns.

What is your kid’s favorite shapes activity? Tell us here.

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Sagari is a math graduate and studied counseling psychology in postgraduate college, which she uses to understand people better. This skill also helps her write better articles about kids and their behavior. She is meticulous in her research and gives you information that could be the ultimate help you’ll need in times of need. An animal lover, vegan, and coffee addict, Sagari puts her mind and soul into whatever she does. During her free time, you'll find her either rescuing a sick/injured animal with a friend, or glued to her couch watching Sons Of Anarchy on Netflix.
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