Shapes! They’re everywhere! And going on a shape hunt for real-life things makes learning about shapes jump off the worksheet and come to life.
When students can connect what they’re learning to things that matter to them, like round balls and square pieces of candy and triangular pizza slices, they will retain and really understand what we’re teaching them.
So instead of just talking about shapes and matching them on a piece of paper, we bring in objects that our students can observe, touch and explore. We find shapes in our classroom and on the playground and encourage them to find them at home.
Sorting shapes and seeing that shapes are EVERYWHERE is fun and can be done year-round.
To further their learning on shapes, students can make animal crafts using their newfound mastery of shapes.
Our little learners will have so much fun creating shapes with our dot to dot activity since it incorporates learning and doing while working on their fine motor skills.
And they can show what they know about 2D shapes with these Shapes Puzzles, helping our preschool and kindergarten students learn and review their shapes in a hands-on way.
Because playing math games is a great way to get kids learning without realizing they’re learning.
Want even more Shape Activities for your students? Be sure to take a look at all of our Shapes Activities and Ideas.
Shapes Puzzles Printable contains 3 pages of puzzles, covering nine different shapes. Each page contains three puzzle pieces with both a 2D shape and a real life object with the same shape.
I find it best if you print this center on cardstock and laminate it so you can use the center for years to come.
Supply list for Shapes Puzzles:
- paper or card stock
- laminating pouches
- Shape Puzzle Printable (scroll down to download!)
Using the Shapes Puzzles
Students will first pick a shape to work on and then find the corresponding puzzle piece.
Students will then sort through all of the pieces, looking for which shape matches the piece they have.
To get this freebie, use the ‘click here to download’ button at the bottom of this page.
Another way this activity could be used is to have all of the shapes laid out on a table or the floor. Students will then sort the remaining puzzles pieces according to their shape.
If you have younger students or students struggling with this concept, that might be overwhelmed with all the pieces at once, you can differentiate this activity and provide them with only a few shapes at a time. Once they master the pieces you gave them, you can slowly add in more.
Want More Shape Ideas?
If you want to extend your shape lesson across the curriculum, check out our favorite Books About Shapes!!
Download Your Shapes Puzzles Printable Below!
If you can’t find a resource that you would LOVE to have for your classroom, Contact me and I would be happy to make it for you.
Click the button below to download. You will immediately be redirected to the freebie.
Have fun on your shape hunt and playing with our Shapes Puzzles in your classroom!
Dear Jennifer, the link to download that activity does not work.
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Hi there, Thank you for letting us know. Everything is working now. Hope you enjoy the printable.
I clicked on the link to download the shape puzzles and the leadpages link popped up and said that it is not located there anymore. Is there a different location I can get these wonderful puzzles?
Hi there Lori, Thank you for letting us know. Everything is working now. Hope you enjoy the printable.
Great resource! Thank you
Hi there Hope, I’m so glad you like it. Have a great day.
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