How to Teach Kids to Identify Basic Shapes

Are you wanting to teach kids to identify basic shapes? There are many ways to help kids identify basic shapes. Here are a few ideas:

Teach Kids to Identify Basic Shapes

Start with the Basics

Begin by teaching them the most common shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles. These shapes are found all around us, in everyday objects, so they are easy for kids to recognize.

Point Out Shapes in the Environment

As you walk around outside or inside, point out shapes that you see. For example, you could point out a stop sign (octagon), a clock (circle), or a window (rectangle).

Play Shape Games

There are many games you can play to help kids learn shapes, such as “I Spy” or a scavenger hunt. For example, you could say “I spy with my little eye, something that is a rectangle” and have your child find an object that matches that description.

Use Shape Flashcards

You can create or purchase flashcards with different shapes on them. Show your child the flashcards and have them name the shapes.

Draw Shapes

Have your child practice drawing shapes using pencils, crayons, or markers. You could draw the outline of a shape and have them fill it in, or have them draw a shape from memory.

Sing Shape Songs

There are many songs that teach shapes, such as “The Shape Song” by Pancake Manor or “Shapes, Shapes, Shapes” by The Learning Station. Singing along with these songs can help kids remember the shapes.

teaching kids how to identify basic shapes

Read Shape Books

There are many books available that focus on shapes. Reading these books with your child can help reinforce their understanding of shapes.

Repeat and Reinforce

Repetition is key when it comes to learning. Encourage kids to practice identifying shapes and reinforce their knowledge by pointing out shapes in the environment and asking them to name them.

Remember to make learning shapes fun and engaging for your child. Positive reinforcement and praise can go a long way in encouraging their learning and development.

How to Teach Kids to Identify Basic Shapes

How did you teach your kids to identify basic shapes?

14 thoughts on “How to Teach Kids to Identify Basic Shapes”

  1. As someone who has taught shapes to dozens of kids, I agree with every one of these tips, especially about finding shapes all around us. It’s so easy to work them into your daily routines with what you’re already doing!

  2. These are all really great and very helpful ideas! I’m gonna share this with my sister thanks for sharing this with us

  3. I remember little tricks and tips to help the little ones learn shapes. Such a fun age when they’re doing that…

  4. Great tips here and I miss when my order kids were this little. Always such a fun time and great suggestions on teaching the various shapes here and io important too!


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