Inside: Learning shapes at home is super easy with these fun hands-on activities for toddlers and preschoolers! Free printables included.
Shape recognition is one of the earliest focuses from parents, alongside colors.
It can be daunting to know where to start.
As always, incorporating learning concepts into the child’s play is the most natural way to allow for progress.
This compilation of shape activities focuses on using simple materials that you can easily set up within your own home.
Bonus! We’ve included FREE printable activities you can download today to share with your children. Scroll down to find the links.
Learning Shapes at Home with Hands-On Activities
Note: This is part of a series of At-Home activities for parents and caregivers. Make sure to also see our other posts in this At-Home series:
- 55+ Fine Motor Activities for Home
- 25+ Color Activities and Printables for Home
- 20+ Easy Toddler Activities for Home
- 20+ Alphabet Activities for Home
Pom-pom Shapes Printable – Toddlers and preschoolers will place pom-poms on the spots with the matching colors to trace the shapes.
Stamp Squares: Use your children’s square blocks with paint for a simple art activity.
Circle Painting: Use paper tubes to stamp paint onto circle-shaped paper.
Shape Hunt: Cut shapes out of felt and hide them, like we did with our circle hunt activity.
Shape Sorting Sticky Wall – Adhere contact paper onto your wall with the outlines of shapes to sort foam shapes onto. (Modern Preschool)
Simple Shape Puzzles – Draw shapes onto multiple popsicle sticks to create simple shape puzzles. (Toddler At Play)
Square Painting with Cubes – Use unifix cubes or any other plastic cube toys that you have at home to dip into paint and stamp squares. (No Time For Flash Cards)
Tape Outlines – Stick tape outlines of shapes onto your carpet for kids to trace over with their small toys. (Learning 4 Kids)
Shape Slime – Add small foam shape pieces to slime for a fun sensory learning experience. (Pocket of Preschool)
Sticker Tracing – Draw outlines of shapes onto paper to trace by placing stickers over the outline. (Busy Toddler)
Paper Roll Stampers – Form paper rolls into various shapes to use as stampers with paint. (Chalk Academy)
Driveway Shape Large Motor – Use chalk to draw different shapes on your driveway and call out different shapes for your children to jump to. (Creative Family Fun)
Do-a-dot Shapes – Kids will stamp along the lines of these shape printables. (3 Dinosaurs)
Shapes Book – Help your child assemble a shape book for them to see examples of each shape. (Pastels and Macarons)
Playdough Mats – Laminate these free mats to mold over with playdough. (Free Homeschool Deals)
More activities for at home:
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Free Shape Printables
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Shapes Fine Motor Activities
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