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Discover more than 20 engaging preschool activities to teach and reinforce shapes! Low-prep, hands-on fun for little ones.
There’s no better way to teach preschool than with hands-on activities! Most of the shape activities below can be put together with things you already have around the house. Use those supplies to create STEM challenges, busy bags, sensory bins, and more!
Preschool Activities to Teach Shapes
Kids love playdough! They can make playdough shapes to review the shapes they know. Then, you can challenge them to manipulate the playdough in different ways to form various designs of the same shape.
I always love finding hands-on activities for our favorite stories. After reading Mouse Shapes to your preschoolers, invite them to get creative with a Mouse Shapes Art Invitation.
Preschoolers can work on shape and color recognition when you put together a shape-themed sensory bin for them.
Gather up some empty toilet paper tubes. Preschoolers can use them to make some 2D shape paintings. This activity is simple enough for toddlers to do!
I love this dice game which helps preschoolers with colors, numbers, and shapes all at the same time. Kids will roll the three dice, and then draw a picture based on the shape, color, and number shown.
This quick and easy busy bag is perfect for when you need a little bit of peace and quiet. Grab some craft foam sheets, cut them into basic shapes, and you’ve got the beginning of a shape matching activity your preschoolers will love.
With a few shaped sponges and some washable paint, your kids can make some sponge-stamped shape art. If they create their artwork on a roll of butcher paper, you can turn it into homemade wrapping paper.
Cut out some simple paper shapes, and let your preschoolers use them to create shape stories. They can work on colors, shapes, and fine motor skills in this simple activity.
Make a set of DIY Shape Planes out of simple household supplies. Then, encourage some gross motor shape matching as your child’s flies his plane to its home base.
If you’ve got a set of pattern blocks in your preschool supply cabinet, you can use them to create some very simple shape sorting and matching games for your kids.
Print or draw shape cards for your preschoolers. Challenge your preschoolers to build those shapes out of toothpicks and playdough. If you aren’t a fan of playdough, they can make shapes with toothpicks and marshmallows.
Summer is a great time to take preschool learning outside. Draw a shape maze on the driveway, and challenge your kids to make it from one end to the other jumping from shape to shape.
Head to the dollar store and grab an ice tray and some foam shape stickers to create this super simple shape sorting activity for toddlers.
One of the easiest ways to teach shapes is with wooden blocks. As your kids begin to recognize their shapes, then can begin making patterns, structures, and so much more.
This foam shape sensory bag is quick and easy to put together. While this bag uses colored rice for the filler, colored hair gel would be fun, too!
Here’s another fun shape activity based on the book, Mouse Shapes. This one, however, works on shapes while helping kids learn to recognize their own name.
If you’ve got a bucket of foam beads stashed away in your craft closet, dig it out for this activity. Use them (along with some larger felt shapes) to create a foam bead sorting tray.
This toothpick triangles activity is simple to put together, and it’s simple enough for kids of all ages. Little ones can work on 2D shapes while older ones can work to build 3D shape models.
Your little ones will adore putting together a shape fire truck. All you need is some colored paper, crayons, and a glue stick! (My firefighters preschool printable pack would be a great addition to this activity)
Take 3D shape building to the next level with straws and pipe cleaners!
So… tell me… Which of these fun hands-on preschool activities will you try first?
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