Make a house shape pictures

This week we decided to make a house -warming card for the girls’ aunt and uncle – a great way to play with maths and make some shape pictures! My daughter loved this activity and was so pleased to make something to give as a gift. And all the while she was happily creating her picture, she was learning all sorts of important maths and literacy skills, without even realising it. Here’s how we made our shape picture…

make a house shape pictures

Make a house :: shape pictures

collage art

We started out by hunting for some collage materials to use in our shape picture. My daughter’s favourite colour is orange, so that’s what she chose, and we were able to find all sorts of different textures just by raiding our collage materials box.

make a house

When you’re learning about shapes, a good place to start is to make a house – a rectangle and a triangle are perfect!

shape pictures

There are lots of things that happened quite naturally while we were working on the picture, and so many skills and concepts were involved. My daughter was just enjoying making her house picture but at the same time she was:

:: using scissors and cutting out intentional shapes

make a house picture

:: thinking about how she could use shapes to represent the essentials of her house

:: using lots of different two-dimensional shapes including squares, triangles, rectangles, circles

:: turning the shapes and thinking about different orientation

:: comparing sizes and thinking about realistic dimensions

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:: developing her pencil grip and drawing skills, to add in extra details

house picture

:: trying out some writing and spelling, with a very real purpose

shape pictures

:: feeling pride and a happy sense of achievement when her picture turned out to be great!

More fun ways to learn about shapes

For more ideas for ways to learn about shapes that are playful, fun and creative you might like to…

shape bunting

make a shape garland

math games stamping patterns

stamp some shape patterns

lego math

try some Lego math games

An excellent resource of preschool activities, toghether with 10 printables. Includes math, literacy, art, science and play ideas for thre to fice year olds. Click through to download your copy.


  1. says

    I’ve done those house shape pictures but a bit differently. I downloaded a bunch of images from the computer on all different kinds of houses. Castles, igloos, apartment buildings etc.
    I gave the kids a whole bunch of the shapes and other things to use and they all made such interesting houses

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