Learning Shapes: 5-years-old kids

Building Knowledge of Shapes

Like letters, numbers come from the combination of different lines and shapes. A strong understanding of shapes can help preschoolers better recognize the numbers and how they look. Number recognition is an early math skill preschoolers need before they can move on to more advanced math skills, such as addition. The shapes themselves fall under the geometry standards of math.

Feed the hungry shape monster


  • pieces of cardboard
  • ready-mix paints
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • scissors

How to play:

Simply paint the cardboard in as many colors as you like, using one per 2D shape that you wish to create. Once the paint was dry cut those shapes out and made them different sizes. Out of some larger pieces of the same painted card cut one large shape of each, then a correspondingly shaped hole to represent a mouth. Add some googly eyes to turn them into hungry shape monsters, ready to eat up their favorite shapes! Mixed up all of the shape cards and put them in a little tray, then set out the hungry shape monsters ready to sort through and feed them all!




  • Geoboard (you can create it using a small bulletin board and push pins)
  • Rubber bands
  • Shapes Flashcards

How to play:

There are two options here. Students could use a shape flashcard and create it on the geoboard or take a geoboard picture card and try to recreate it. Afterward, free exploration on the geoboards leads to lots of great learning too!


Building with shapes


  • Craft foam in various colors and shapes
  • Liquid Glue
  • Cardboard

How to play:

Using the different shapes of craft foam ask them to create whatever they want. (like in the picture trucks) When it’s done paste it to the cardboard to keep it.


Shape Art


  • Cardboard
  • Contact Paper
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes

How to play:

Using a permanent marker to draw on the contact paper different shapes and then cut them. In the cardboard, the child will paste the contact paper shapes wherever they want. This is a part where an adult’s help comes in handy, rub the stickers after they had been stuck on the cardboard. Then, let them paint the cardboard and when they’re done let it dry. Finally peeled off the contact paper to reveal our shape art.


Highlight the shapes (by me)


  • Highlighter
  • Shape playdough mats

How to play:

You can easily download playdough mats and choose the one you like the most, then laminate them and you’re ready to play. Give your child a highlighter and ask him to trace the figures, it will make it easier for them to draw them by themselves later.








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