Once we introduce our children to shapes we provide them with a whole new way of viewing objects around them. Help your children to observe and learn about shapes with these free shapes tracing worksheets for preschool homeschoolers.
Shapes are such an important part of our world. When we think of objects and their characteristics, shapes are part of that make up. They are actually an important part of our visual cues.
Why is teaching shapes important?
When we think of the heads on our bodies we automatically think of the shape being round. Think of a pizza pie and you know the box is square and the pie itself makes a circle. (We won’t talk about why this makes sense in our world -circle in a square-, but it is just the way it is.)
Nonetheless, shapes make up what our children will begin to notice about the world around them even at a young age. Shapes impact our visual information, identify signs & symbols, set the stage for letters & numbers, symmetry, and so much more. From planets to books, recognizing shapes is essential for them to learn early on.
Teaching shapes in preschool and kindergarten
The days of learning shapes solely from a preschool worksheet or flashcards are long gone. Yes, it is great to still use worksheets or tracing shapes worksheets to reinforce what the kids have learned about shapes. However, don’t’ let that be the extent of your lesson plans.
However, children can more easily understand the concepts of shapes when they have hands-on activities that are engaging and interactive. While they are actively learning shapes they also improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It is a win:win.
Shape recognition can make a shape lesson come alive if a child is involved in fine motor skills simultaneously.
How to teach shapes
As an early learning teacher, I always taught shapes before teaching letters or numbers. As I mentioned before teaching shapes lay a good foundation for students to progress.
Once shapes and colors are learned, children can then put those together to eventually be able to form letters or numbers.
Here are some activities I used to teach shapes in a fun way with my early learning classrooms. The activities will translate perfectly to your homeschool.
- Use the toys around your play area to show your children the shapes they are learning.
- Make DIY shape stampers.
- Sidewalk chalk shape hunt (gross motor activity).
- Make a shape collage.
- Have your children trace shapes.
- Search shapes in an activity bin or morning tub (in salt or sand).
- Play shape matching games (free matching cards found below).
- Paint with shapes.
These are just some suggestions all can enjoy, no matter your kids ages.
These worked well with my young learners from my experience but I am sure there are more creative ideas out there. From teaching the name of the shape to exploring fun shapes and 3D shapes, the more a child practices the better.
Here are some shapes to teach for a great introduction in your lessons:
- Diamond (rhombus)
Before we get to the instant download, explore these super useful free shapes printables below.
Free Shapes Worksheets
Learning About Shapes Activity – When your little ones learn different shapes they begin to see shapes everywhere! Grab these learning shapes activity pages to help your students understand what makes each shape unique from basic shapes to complex.
Preschool Shapes Matching Cards – Matching items is a great activity for kids to recognize shapes, whether a large shape or small. These preschool matching shape cards (with a circle shape, star shapes, heart shapes, and more) will help them to learn the names of eleven common shapes they see every day.
Resources for Learning About 2D Shapes – Basic 2D shapes are what your students should first be learning. Help your kids learn all about rectangular doors, circular windows, triangular pizza slices, and more with these free printable shapes worksheets and resources.
Letter Tracing Worksheets
Alphabet Tracing Pages for Your Young Writers – Many of us don’t realize it, yet shapes are the foundation needed for kids to write their alphabet. Grab these alphabet shape tracing worksheets for young writers with letter practice, adorable pictures, and pencil grip control practice.
Ocean-Themed Cursive Alphabet Tracing Pages – As kids learn their shapes and eventually alphabet, add ocean-themed pages to help. These ocean-inspired tracing pages contain uppercase and lowercase practice.
Name Tracing Printables
Editable Name Tracing Sheets – Following our children’s alphabet writing skills, they then can move on to learning how to write their names. Grab these free editable name tracing sheets for your beginning writers.
Shapes Tracing Activity Pack Instant Download:
Give your preschoolers extra practice learning their shapes with this shapes tracing activity pack. The ten most commonly taught shapes are featured with a 3-n-1 activity format per page.
Read the shape name to them, have them trace the shape and shape name, as well as coloring the shape once they’ve traced it.
To make this a reusable resource, consider printing on card stock paper and laminating the pages. Then your preschooler can use dry erase markers or washable paint with their very own shapes tracing activity pack!
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!