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On this webpage you will find our range of kindergarten geometry worksheets to help children identify 2d shapes.
At a kindergarten level, children need to be able to recognise basic shapes such as squares, circles, triangels and rectangles.
By the end of kindergarten, most children should be able to recognise these shapes in different sizes or tipped.
They should know that a square is a type of rectangle and that there are lots of different types of triangle.
These worksheets have been designed to help children acquire these skills and to improve their knowledge of 2d shapes.
Using these sheets will help your child to:
- recognise a range of 2d shapes - squares, rectangles, circles and triangles;
- recognise when two shapes are the same;
- count the number of different types of shapes.
The worksheets on this page have been split into sections of different types of worksheets.
There is no particular order of difficulty, apart from that the sheet 'Shade the Rectangles 2' is harder than 'Shade the Rectangles 1'.
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5 kindergarten worksheets about shapes
by: The GreatSchools Editorial Team | Updated: September 20, 2023
Match the geometric shapes
Skill: learning shape attributes.
The match game!
In this coloring math worksheet , your kindergartner will connect the two matching geometric shapes.
Big triangles, small circles
Skill: relative size.
Read the directions twice on this one.
In this coloring math worksheet , your child will color only the small circles blue, and only the big triangles red. Then they will count up how many of each and write the totals in the boxes.
Simple shapes can make complex pictures.
The train and rocket are comprised of circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles. In this coloring math worksheet , your child will identify the individual shapes and count them. This is an introduction to geometry! Then your kindergartner gets to draw an original picture using only circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles. But what more do you need? Spark their imaginations!
Skill: writing numerals.
In this coloring math worksheet your child will practice drawing squares, and then they will count how many squares were used inside of the various drawings. Tell them not to count the square they write the number in!
Drawing bigger shapes
Skill: following directions.
Bigger, longer, thicker!
Your child will follow directions to draw a larger of the example in this coloring math worksheet . They have specific coloring instructions to follow, too. This is a great intro to geometry.
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Shapes Worksheets for Kindergarten
Open up new and exciting avenues of practice with our printable shapes worksheets for kindergarten students that help them obtain the vocabulary to describe and categorize the world around. The exercises corralled here are just perfect, be it charts, tracing shapes, identifying and naming 2-dimensional shapes based on their attributes, plane shapes in real-life, composing and decomposing flat shapes, comparing 2D and 3D figures, this pdf pack has it all covered for your kids. Grab your free kindergarten 2D shapes worksheets and effectively warm students up for more!
2D Shapes Charts
Spruce up knowledge of 2D shapes and their attributes and create a meaningful learning environment with our printable 2-dimensional shapes charts, guaranteed to please every little kid in your class.
Coloring, Tracing and Drawing Shapes
Abuzz with engaging activities for each individual 2D shape, our coloring, tracing, and drawing shapes worksheets instantly raise the literary quotient of your preschool and kindergarten kids.
Tracing Shapes of Different Sizes
Give kids their Ah-ha! moment as they draw over the dotted lines and create visually accurate figures in this kindergarten shapes pdf, and refine their muscle coordination and shape identification skills.
Identifying, Tracing, and Coloring the Shapes in the Picture
Embedding fun into learning, this worksheet begins with hunting the 2D shapes in the picture, mapping them to the color code and coloring the shapes and doubles up as a colorful poster for your little artist's room.
Move to the big leagues and develop spatial-awareness with this 2D shapes worksheet pdf where kids are expected to read the names of the shapes, and sketch them in the boxes.
Coloring by Shapes
Discriminating between shapes using their properties is an important skill. Get kids to recognize the shapes jumbled up in this printable kindergarten shapes worksheet and color them following the color key.
Shapes form the basis of many drawings, which is evident from this clown made up of 2D shapes. Kids scout the circles, rectangles, triangles, ovals, pentagons, and hexagons in the clown, and count them.
Task kids with this printable matching shapes exercise that has similar shapes on either side. The twist is that the colors of shapes vary. Kids need to make a one-to-one correspondence between the shapes.
Recognizing Similar Shapes
Entice your crew with this recognizing shapes worksheet pdf for kindergarten kids, giving each one of them a reason to scream "I found it!", as they look for the specified shape in the options and color it.
Identifying and Naming 2D Shapes
Stir interest in kids with our identifying and naming 2D shapes handouts featuring a wide range of exercises involving basic 2-dimensional flat shapes, quadrilaterals and polygons.
2D Shapes in Real-Life
Take kids on a shape safari around the school, follow up with this set of skills involving real-life 2D figures, a simple-crowd pleaser that helps kids learn to describe the shapes in their environment.
Sides and Corners of 2D Shapes
The sides and corners of 2D shapes worksheets are enough to ignite your kid's passion for learning and get them acquainted with the attributes of the basic shapes.
Composing and Decomposing 2D Shapes
What could trump this batch of composing and decomposing plane shapes exercises? Whether it is partitioning a 2D shape or combining 2D shapes to construct a composite shape, these pdfs have them all.
Comparing 2D and 3D Shapes
Up your game with our printable comparing 2D and 3D shapes handouts, and learn to distinguish, and classify shapes. Get kids to identify 2D figures as the faces of 3D shapes.
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Shapes Worksheets for Kindergarten
- March 11, 2022
Help your child master basic shapes through these SHAPES WORKSHEETS FOR KINDERGARTEN from The Teaching Aunt. These 2D shapes worksheets pdf are perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten-aged children.
Learning about shapes is one of the foundational skills children learn in their early years at school. So it is important that they master every aspect of this lesson.
To help you in this regard, I have compiled all the flashcards and worksheets that I’ve shared on this website in this single post.
As you will see on the list below, you will find different preschool worksheets that tackle the following learning objectives:
- identifying and naming 2D shapes
- recognising patterns
- counting shapes
- coloring and drawing 2D shapes
- cutting and matching
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Shapes Worksheets For Kindergarten
You can open up exciting, new avenues of practicing math with your kids using printable shape worksheets for kindergarten children. The tools help them obtain the correct vocabulary and skills to categorize and describe the environment.
Exercises on shapes are perfect for kids, whether they involve charts or tracing shapes. Kindergarten shape worksheets also teach kids to identify and name 2D shapes based on their attributes, compose and decompose flat shapes and plane shapes in real life, as well as compare 3D and 2D shapes.
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Kindergarten shapes worksheets provide your child with an opportunity to grow. Introducing your kids to activities that feed their imagination and stimulate their creativity is essential for a child’s development.
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Therefore, you can offer kids drawings or relevant objects to play with or coloring worksheets on which kids can work independently. Depending on a kindergartener’s level of knowledge and needs, these worksheets introduce them to the following activities:
- Remembering shapes’ names
- Recognizing shapes’ forms
- Identifying shapes in everyday objects
- Sorting shapes
- Combining shapes
- Completing patterns
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A shapes kindergarten worksheet is a great tool for teachers and parents to explain the concept of shapes to their kids. More importantly, these sheets can help reinforce the already existing knowledge. Here are some free shapes worksheet kindergarten kids will enjoy.
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25 creative ways to teach 2d shapes in kindergarten.
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As teachers, we all know how important it is to introduce early learners to 2D shapes. These foundational shapes set the stage for understanding more complex geometric concepts in the future. But merely teaching shapes through worksheets and flash cards can quickly become dull and unengaging for young children. That’s why today, we’ll explore a variety of fun and creative 2D shape activities for kindergarten students, and first grade too, that will enhance learning experiences while keeping students actively involved. From shape recognition games to art projects and outdoor shape exploration, these activities will inspire your students to have a blast while learning about shapes.
What are the basic shapes for kindergarten?
The Common Core standards for kindergarten state the 2D shapes to introduce in kindergarten are circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and hexagons. Many teachers also introduce pentagons, octagons, and ovals.
How do you teach 2D shapes?
A great way to teach two-dimensional shapes to little learners is to introduce and look at the different shapes of real life objects. When students can make a connection and identify shape attributes of items all around them, they are more likely to master shape identification. 2D shapes are flat and have no depth. Here are some examples of everyday objects that you can reference when teaching about shapes in your own classroom.
- Circles: cookie, plate, clock face, coin, button
- Square: sticky note, window, floor tile, napkin
- Triangle: street sign, pizza slice, Doritos, hanger, pennant flag
- Rectangle: library card, cell phone, computer paper, envelope, door
- Hexagon: white section on a soccer ball, paper snowflake, beehive cells
Provide your students with shape manipulatives to explore. Let them feel the shapes, build with them, or sort them. Let their imagination take off while they start to become familiar with their attributes.
1. Create a Shape Anchor Chart
Anchor charts or shape posters are good visual representations to have in your classroom while learning about shapes. This anchor chart is used to teach students the name of the shape, along with the number of sides or faces and the number of vertices or corners of each new shape.
Let’s dive into the list of more fun activities for teaching and practicing shape names and attributes to your kindergarten students.
Shape Recognition Games
Incorporating shape games into your lesson plans is the perfect way for learning different types of shapes.
2. Shape Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of shapes and ask your students to find objects in the classroom or school that match those shapes. A shape hunt is a fun way to promote active learning and encourage students to observe their surroundings of real-world things.
3. Shape Dominos
This fun game makes a great math center. Two students can take turns matching 2D shapes to real life objects in this hands-on game.
This bundle includes 48 domino games, including the 2D shape game above:
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4. Out of Sight Pocket Chart Game
This game is great for small groups or as a whole group activity as well. This is one of those fun activities to play while you have a few minutes extra during your day. Students eagerly select cards from the pocket chart, hoping to find the surprise behind them. This fun activity is great for shape identification practice.
You can find this pocket chart game for identifying 2D shapes here:
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5. Shape Bingo
Play a bingo game using shapes instead of numbers. Give each child a bingo card with various shapes on it, and call out shapes or shape attributes instead of numbers. This game helps reinforce shape recognition skills, and it’s always a hit in the classroom. Shape bingo is a fun small group activity that parent volunteers can easily manage!
This shape bingo game is available as a free download at the end of this blog post!
Shape Sorting and Matching
Matching and sorting shapes is a hands-on activity that aids in developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It allows children to identify similarities and differences between shapes.
6. Shape Puzzles
Completing shape puzzles enhances shape recognition and fine motor skills, too!
These 2D shape puzzles can be found here:
- Puzzle Math Centers
7. Shape Sorting Trays
Provide bins or containers with different shapes drawn on them. Give your students various small objects or cutouts, and ask them to sort and place each object in the bin that matches its shape. This activity builds classification and visual discrimination skills.
Shape Arts and Crafts
Incorporating art and crafts into shape learning not only makes it more enjoyable but also allows children to engage in hands-on and creative activities.
8. Shape Collages
Provide your students with various colored construction paper and a basket full of shape cutouts. Ask them to create collages by arranging and gluing the shapes onto the paper. This activity promotes shape recognition and spatial awareness.
9. Shape Inspired Artwork
Introduce famous artists who incorporate shapes into their artwork, such as Piet Mondrian or Wassily Kandinsky. Then, encourage your students to create their own artwork inspired by these artists, using shapes as the central focus. This activity sparks creativity and exposes children to the visual arts.
10. Pipe Cleaner Creations
Use pipe cleaners to create shapes. Provide your students with beads to add to their shapes that represent the corners of each shape.
11. Shape Pizza
Using a paper plate or construction paper, students can make a shape pizza with different 2D shape toppings. You can also have your kindergarten friends practice counting with this activity.
12. Shape Monsters
Show your students this cute video with shape monsters and then provide different materials for students to make their own shape monsters.
Building with Shapes
Shape building and construction activities allow children to explore shapes in a tangible and hands-on way.
13. Build a Shape City or Design
Building blocks, such as wooden blocks or legos, are 3D shapes so you could use those with the addition of 2D shapes for detail and decoration. I also like using pattern blocks and shape mats or pictures for students to create various objects. This way, you can keep your focus on 2D shapes.
14. Play Dough Shapes
Using play dough to build shapes gives students fun fine motor practice. Here are some play dough mats that are great for centers, morning work, or early finisher bins.
These shape play dough mats are included in a bundle of 150 math and literacy dough mats. Check out set here:
- Play Dough Mats: Letters, Numbers, and More
15. Geoboard Designs
Use geoboards and rubber bands to create 2D shape designs. Draw or print out some shapes onto cards for students to use as a reference. Encourage them to create different-sized shapes, as well!
Outdoor Shape Activities
Taking learning outdoors not only provides a change of scenery but also offers unique opportunities for children to explore shapes in their environment.
16. Chalk Shape Tracing
Use sidewalk chalk to draw large shapes on the pavement, and ask your students to trace the shapes with their feet. This activity combines gross motor skills with shape recognition, and it’s an easy way to get active while learning.
17. Shape Hunt Scavenger Walk
Take your students on a walk around the school or playground, giving each child a checklist of shapes to find. Encourage them to locate and identify shapes in nature, architecture, and other objects they encounter. This activity promotes observation skills and reinforces shape recognition.
18. Shape Hopscotch
This is a great activity to include some classroom buddies from another grade. We had 2nd grade buddies and they were so much fun to include in activities like this one. Have buddies use sidewalk chalk to make a hopscotch game and then students can try out everyone else’s hopscotch creation.
Technology-Based Shape Learning
In today’s digital age, incorporating technology into your teaching can greatly enhance the learning experience.
19. 2D Shape Boom Cards
Boom cards are great interactive resources and can be used on classroom tablets, at home, or in a virtual or digital classroom. They are also great for interactive whiteboards.
You can download a free boom deck for practicing 2D shapes by clicking HERE .
20. Movement Videos
Get your students moving and grooving with these movement and learning videos. This 2D shape video has a school theme so it can be used anytime throughout the year.
This shape movement video can be found in the August and September learning video pack:
- Movement and Learning Videos for Kindergarten
Math Activities with Shapes
Shapes and mathematics go hand in hand, and incorporating math activities into shape learning helps children make connections between these two subjects.
21. Shape Patterns
Create pattern cards using different shapes (e.g., circle, square, triangle, circle). Have your students continue the pattern by identifying and placing the correct shape. This activity promotes shape recognition and pattern recognition skills.
22. Shape Graphing
Create a large graph that can be used as a whole group activity. Have different shapes cut out and give your students the opportunity to come up and place their shape in the correct column. You could sort the shapes based on the names of the shapes or you could also sort the shapes by shape attributes.
23. Matching Shape Math Center
This center activity goes along with the math book, A Pair of Socks . In this center activity, students find the matching shape.
You can get this math read aloud center activity here:
- Matching Shapes Math Center
Shape Songs and Rhymes
Music and rhymes have long been recognized as effective tools for early education. Here are a couple of videos about geometric shapes.
24. The Singing Walrus Shape Song
This one is so catchy! The video tells shape names, as well as, the number of sides, real-world examples, and opportunities for students to sky write the shapes. It covers a circle, square, rectangle and triangle.
25. Jack Hartmann - Shape Up!
Another foot-tapping good one! Get your students up and moving with this shape song.
Shape books are great to add in throughout your day. It is one more easy way to expose students to various shapes.
When a Line Bends… A Shape Begins by Rhonda Greene
As this book introduces shapes, it gives several examples of each. This may be a good book to share with students over a couple of days, as it is a little longer.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Walsh
A simple book with great depictions of shapes and how you can use them to create objects.
Tangled: A Story About Shapes by Anne Miranda
There is a book recording by the author and the additional sound effects are super cute! Click HERE to listen on YouTube.
Shapes That Roll by Karen Nagel
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How do I assess Shape Mastery?
Assessing children’s understanding of shapes is crucial to gauge their progress and identify areas where additional support may be needed. Here are a few tips for assessing shape recognition and application.
- Observation: Observe your students during shape-related activities and note their ability to recognize and describe shapes accurately.
- Conversations: Engage in conversations with your students about shapes, asking them to identify shapes in their daily lives or explain the differences between various shapes.
Incorporating fun and creative 2D shape activities in your kindergarten classroom is an excellent way to engage your students in shape learning while ensuring they have a blast. There are endless possibilities to make shape learning exciting and interactive. By embracing these activities, you’ll help your students develop a solid foundation in shape recognition, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
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This engaging exercise aims to teach kindergarteners about 2-dimensional (2D) and 3-dimensional (3D) shapes. It helps them understand the different dimensions and develops their spatial awareness.
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6 Best Shapes Worksheets for Preschoolers
In this post I’ll walk you through the six basic shapes that preschoolers need to know before they become kindergarten students. I’ll also give you free math worksheets that will be a fun way to teach your child these different shapes.
If you’re wondering where to begin and teaching your child shapes you’re in the right place. This post will give you all the information you need to talk to help your preschooler learn shapes.
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Preschoolers need to know basic 2D shapes. They need to know shape names and be able to describe the shapes.
In kindergarten your child will need to learn about 3D shapes.
There’s nothing wrong with introducing your child to those earlier, but I would be sure that they have a solid understanding of 2D shapes before moving out to 3D shapes.
FREE PRINTABLE SHAPES WORKSHEETS
I’ll show you all of the shapes included in the Free Preschool Shapes Activity Book and then I’ll guide you through using these free printable shapes worksheets to teach your child shapes.
The first activities included are a shapes chart and draw the shapes coloring page.
There are also great preschool shapes worksheets focused on individual shapes and I’ll dive into those in a minute.
The shapes chart included in the Free Preschool Shapes Activity Book includes dotted line shapes and names for the 6 main shapes:
Those first 5 shapes are the most important for our preschoolers to learn and start is an added bonus because they likely already know that one and it’s fun.
This chart is a great way to teach your child shape names.
You can hang it in a place they’ll see it often so they’re constantly exposed to these shape words.
SHAPES WORKSHEETS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Next in the Free Preschool Shapes Activity Book , you’ll get shape recognition worksheets for each of the 6 main basic shapes.
Here’s what those look like:
On the top the shape work is written in bubble letters, so your child can color that in if they want to.
Then there is a large outlined shape. This is perfect for your child to trace with their finger.
They can also color in that shape.
Then on the bottom of the page, your child will need to find the matching shapes.
This is a great way for them to use what they’ve learned and decide if each small shape is the same or different than the shape they’re looking for.
Here are the variety of shapes included in these printable worksheets:
These could be used to teach your child at home or laminated and used as math centers for preschool students.
There are many shape activities that you can do with these free shape worksheets.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
You could print out 2 copies of the shapes chart, have your child cut the shapes out on the dotted lines (yay for fine motor skills) and then use the shapes cutouts for matching.
To make this even more fun, you could have your child color them and then hide the shapes around the house or in a sensory bin.
Then they’ll need to find the shapes and match them together. It’s a really fun game for preschoolers to practice finding the matching shape.
FUN COLORING IDEAS
You could assign each shape it’s own color and have your child color code the shapes they find.
So if circles are red, the big circle on the top of the worksheet will be red and the circles they find below will also be red.
Maybe triangles are orange, so then all the triangles they find will be orange.
Coloring is such a great too for building in extra practice for fine motor skills too!
COLORS AND SHAPES
Shapes and colors are great preschool math skills to learn together because they are both so visual.
It’s easy to have child practice these skills together.
I wouldn’t introduce colors and shapes at the same time but I absolutely encourage you to practice them together once your child is familiar with them.
Which Shapes Should My Child Learn First?
Our goal is for young kids to know all 6 of these basic shapes when they enter kindergarten, but they don’t need to learn them all at once.
I actually encourage you to teach your child just one or two shapes at a time because more than that can be really overwhelming.
The first 3 shapes your child should learn are:
You can teach them in any order, but that’s the order I’d pick.
After your child is very comfortable with those shapes, you can move on to the next 3.
I’d go in this order:
And when you are practicing these new shapes with your child be sure to use the free worksheets I’m giving you with the shape word on top.
You might not think of hexagons as a basic shape, but these days they are considered one.
I wouldn’t choose hexagons as the very first shape to start with but it is one you’ll want to introduce to your preschoolers before they go off and become kindergarten kids.
Of course, hexagons are very easily confused with octagons (and many other polygons) so be on the lookout for that.
Teach your child that you can count the sides to tell them apart.
While you’re helping your preschooler learn shapes, it’s perfectly appropriate to use some math vocabulary.
Specifically, sides & corners.
You can touch each side and count the sides. Then you can repeat with the corners.
It’s great to talk about how many sides and corners each shape has.
When Should I Start Teaching My Child Shapes?
You can start introducing shapes to your child at age 2 or truly even earlier than that.
Your child may have had one of those shape sorter toys as a baby and you probably mentioned the names of those shapes sometimes, so this has been a long time in progress.
If you haven’t really been working with your child to learn shapes yet, don’t worry.
Just start now.
NOTICING SHAPES IN REAL LIFE
A great way to start learning about shapes with your preschooler is by recognizing the shapes you see in real life.
Notice and name the shapes that you see in your real life environment.
Start with just one shape at a time – usually, circle is the easiest one to start with.
Point out the circles you encounter with your child. This might sound like, “this plate is shaped like a circle.”
These simple observations will make your child more aware of shapes.
After a while, start to notice other shapes as well.
Add in one more shape at a time: square, then triangle, then rectangle.
Encourage your child to notice the shapes in their environment and tell you about them too!
START LEARNING SHAPES
Now you are ready to start teaching your preschooler shapes!
You have some great shapes worksheets for preschoolers and you know everything you need to be successful.
You know the basic shapes to start with and you have a free download to get you started! Choose a shape activity to do first and begin.
The Free Preschool Shapes Activity Book is a great resources for teaching preschoolers these geometric shapes. And it’s so much fun!
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