Grace is really into shapes! She’s always running around the house pointing out object and telling me what shape they are.
I was making her lunch today and she asked me if I could make her sandwich into a crescent shape. I usually use a cookie cutter and make shapes out of her sandwiches but I didn’t have a crescent shaped cookie cutter. Yikes……………… When I told her I could make her sandwich into that shape she said, “just use the heart cookie cutter to make a crescent”. I continued making her lunch and tried to explain to her that shapes are all different. At that moment, I realized she was ready to learn that shapes have attributes. After lunch and a quick nap I threw together this fun activity.
This shape trace activity is a fantastic way to introduce shape attributes and it took me 10 minutes to put together! Grace absolutely loved it and worked on it for a good 20 to 30 minutes!
- Shape Trace Printable (I just drew the shapes on a piece of paper but wanted to make a printable so it was easy for everyone)
- Star stickers ( I got them at Publix)
Directions: The first thing I did was ask Grace to tell me the name for each shape. Once she did that I gave her the star stickers and told her I wanted her to trace each shape with the stickers, matching the sticker color to the shape color. When she was doing this activity, I asked her a few questions to help her understand each shapes attributes.
Here are some sample questions you could ask your child
- Does the circle have any straight sides?
- How many sides does the square have?
- Can you tell me an object that looks like a diamond?
- How many sides does the triangle have?
- Does the rectangle have more sides then the triangle?
How did my daughter do with this activity
Grace really enjoyed this activity! She was fascinated with the information I was sharing with her about each shape and excited to learn more. We will defiantly be doing this activity again with other shapes.
What is she learning during this activity
- Shape attributes
- Shape Name recognition
- Fine motor skills
- Color recognition
- Following directions
Extending this activity is so easy
There are so many things that can be done to extend this fun and easy activity.
- You could have your child find the attributes of more shapes.
- You could tell your child attributes and have them draw the shape.
This shape trace activity was a great way to start to help Grace learn about the differences between shapes. Do this activity with your child and I know they are going to love it too!