Let’s learn about shapes! Use these colourful shape printables to learn shape names, count the number of sides, and play matching games.
Free shape math printables: count the sides activity
Learning about shapes is an important building block in math skills. These fun printables will help you introduce geometry in a playful way.
How to use these shape printables
Print the shape cards (see below) and cut each section into three: a word, a shape, a number
You might like to laminate the cards for extra durability.
The shape printable includes:
:: and decagon
You might like to only use the simpler shape cards with younger children, and the full set with older children.
You can use these shape printables in many ways:
:: as a display of shapes or as a word wall.
:: in sensory tubs, to give a math-rich environment. Hide the cards in a sensory tub and see if your children can hunt out all the shapes. Do they know what they are all called?
:: as an introduction to math vocabulary. Use the word and picture cards to introduce the idea that shapes have names. Some of them your children will likely know already (circle, square, and triangle) but you can introduce heptagons and decagons too. Talk about how each shape looks, which are similar, and how many sides each one has.
:: set all the cards out on the floor, all mixed up. Can your children match the shape picture with its name card, and its number of sides? How fast can they match them all up?
:: print two sets and use them to play Memory: place all the shape cards face down and take it in turns to turn over two cards. If they match, you can keep them. If they don’t, you turn them back over. The person who has the most pairs at the end of the game is the winner.
:: play a shape treasure hunt game. Pick a shape card and see if you can find something in the room that is that shape. Each child can take turn to pick a card and find something that matches.
You can find more ideas for shape activities here.
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