Learning shapes in preschool goes beyond two dimensions! I created a free printable for also introducing our youngest learners to the world of 3D shapes in preschool. We had so much fun with our 2D shape activities, that I decided to take basic preschool shapes to the next level. The 3D Shapes Free Printable Activities are a great way to introduce 3D geometric shapes with fun, engaging math games. Adding these to your lesson plans takes little more than printing, protecting, and playing in small groups or with your whole class!
Many schools introduce 3D shape activities in kindergarten, asking students to learn to identify the basic 3D shapes. We’re just getting started with 3D shapes for Jaida, my first grader, so this is a fun set to introduce her to 6 of the solids: cone, rectangular prism, triangular prism, sphere, cube and cylinder.
The mix of picture representations and ‘real life’ solid shape pictures really helps kids see that shapes are all around them.
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A full-year of kindergarten math activities: perfect for small groups, partner activities and independent centers.
Here’s a look at the different 3D shape games included:
I used pictures to help Jaida ‘read’ the new words. She can’t actually read them yet, but the picture helps her to recognize the shape that we have talked about and see how the letters work together to form those big words.
The interactive nature of this activity turns a free printable shapes worksheet into a hands-on activity for 3D shapes in kindergarten, preschool, or whenever your learner is ready to explore basic shapes.
3D Shapes Mix ‘n’ Match Flap Book
Mismatch the various flaps, so that children must find the matching real life object and picture to complete the sentences in the kindergarten 3D shape activity.
Memory- matching game
The 3 dimensional shape kindergarten activity can be used as an independent matching activity or as a concentration game for finding the pairs.
I print all of my memory games on the white side of scrapbook paper so that they are not see-through, but you can also use card stock or put a sticker on the back of each card in the 3D shape game for kindergarten.
Spin & Cover game
We love spin & cover games for preschool math! To assemble, add a brad and paper clip to the center of the spinner and you’re ready to go!
Cover shapes on the 3D shapes activity for preschool with a button, pattern blocks or other place marker. Teaching shapes will truly feel effortless with a game where preschoolers learn just by playing.
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
My First SHAPES Padded Board BookRound Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes (A Latino Book of Concepts)Tangled: A Story About ShapesMouse ShapesShapesShape by ShapeCaptain Invincible and the Space Shapes (MathStart 2)Circle, Square, MooseThis Is a Book of ShapesPerfect Square