Learning shapes

One of the expectations of the course that I followed was to create a unit for the class I am currently teaching.  I decided to do an inquiry on structures and, in order to understand how structures are formed, the children needed to understand that structures are created using shapes. The best way for them to learn the range of shapes that exist is for them to play games and do activities.

At centres, the children did the following:

  • Bingo: I asked them repeat the name of the shape after I had called it out (they were learning the French vocabulary at the same time as learning the name of the shape).
  • Tangrams: Using the cards in front of them, they created designs using shapes.
  • Matching: The children matched colours with shapes.
  • Lacing: In order to improve fine-motor skills, the children laced a range of two -dimensional shapes.
  • Memory game: I asked the children to call out the name of the shape on the cards they turned over. In this way they practiced saying the name of the shape in French.
  • Creating booklets: Children created their own shape booklet using pictures they had cut out from magazines. The pictures they chose represented the shape they were showing on the page of their book.

The children enjoyed the activities at the various centers – and they enjoyed playing the games for a few weeks. They learned the shape vocabulary quickly and were easily able to move onto the next step of the inquiry.

Do you remember how you learned about shapes?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

21 thoughts on “Learning shapes

  1. looks like fun and I love love love tangrams – and we used to use them in art – but the list you give here could really be a nice resource for many folks – 🙂


    1. The activities can certainly be used by parents who wish to enhance their child’s learning. And if an activity is fun to do, the children will not mind the learning of Math 🙂


  2. This looks great, is there a link to for a print off of the tangrams, I’ve got a 4 year old brother who would love those!


  3. Interesting teaching programme Colline, wondering at what young age those children are, I would think pre 10 age. Teachers are a very versatile and innovative mentor.


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