Teaching shapes doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, we prefer easy shape activities for 2 and 3 year olds. Something tells me that’s why you landed on this post. You are searching for the same!
There are so many fun, hands-on ways to introduce children to different shapes at in the classroom (and also at home!). No worksheets. No flashcards. Simple shape activities that involve hands-on learning.
Young children can learn to identify and name circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, and ovals. I am excited to share this collection with you!
Easy Shape Activities for 2 and 3 Year Olds
Please note: Photos for each activity are in the collage below it, starting in the top left corner.
Build shape recognition using toys.
Make circles by painting with spools.
Play a shape game while also recognizing colors.
Make circles with a DIY circle stamper.
Mix colors while stamping circles from paper tubes.
Take apart your nesting toys to stamp shapes with paint.
Make a simple shape collage. (Homegrown Friends)
Go on a shape hunt at the playground (free printable included). (Buggy and Buddy)
Paint with different shapes of foam blocks. (Meri Cherry)
Make a shape puzzle using blocks you already have. (Twodaloo)
Trace shapes on a chalkboard. (Hands On As We Grow)
Create a fine motor shape bin. (Stir the Wonder)
Make a shape sorting activity from an ice cube tray. (Mess for Less)
Make paper roads in different shapes and trace with cars. (Adventures of Adam)
Play shape hopscotch indoors! (Housing a Forest)
Use colored construction paper to create a train color sorting activity. (Mom Inspired Life)
Take a look at these activities, too!