In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about plane shapes. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Plane Shapes topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching About Plane Shapes
Have students gather objects around the room that are circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles. Have students identify each item and its shape. Then have them sort the objects into different piles. Which shape is the most common? Which shape is the least common? Why?
Make a class mosaic. Have students cut out different shapes and color them. The shapes can be different sizes and orientations. Then students can glue them together to make a large class mosaic. Discuss different patterns students can make with the shapes.
Have students go on a scavenger hunt for shapes in the school or classroom. Divide the students into small groups and give each group a list of different-shaped items to find. You can use clues to point them to the right item. For example, students can find something round that ticks or something rectangular with pages. Groups can write where they find each item or if possible, bring the item along.
Have students make their own Bingo cards. Have them make a 3 x 3 chart and fill each square in with a shape. Limit their shapes to circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, ovals, and diamonds. They can reuse shapes and put them in different orientations. Then call out different shapes at random. The first student to get three across, three down, or three diagonally wins.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Plane Shapes
Have your child dance in shapes. Together make up a dance routine where you and your child dance in squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles. Set your routine to music and perform it in front of other family members. Have family members guess what shape is being made.
Make shape cookies with your child. You can find a recipe for sugar or butter cookies on line. Then together with your child, roll out dough into different shapes. You may want to use a cookie cutter to make shapes or you can use your hands. Bake the cookies and have your child decorate each one. Share the cookies with friends and family members and have your child describe each shape.
Make a town using different shapes. Find objects around the house like shoeboxes, jewelry, and notepads to create a model of a town. Have your child describe what is in the town and what each shape represents in the town. For example, a shoebox can be an office building and a saucer can be a lake.