Don’t you love it when you find activities and printables for every theme you create throughout the school year?! I know I do! And that is one reason the Garden Theme Preschool Shape Posters and I Spy Game is simply fabulous! Whether your theme is gardening, farming, or something in between, these shape posters for preschool will fit like a glove!

#### Garden Shape Poster Supplies:

• Paper
• Laminating Supplies
• Scissors
• Crayons or Markers
• Tape

Preschool themes tie all kinds of learning into interesting topics that engage our youngest learners. Learning about shapes with these adorable preschool garden theme printables will be easy! All you need to do is print the free printable, then decide how you want to use the garden theme preschool activity with your students.

## Learning Shapes in Preschool

Shape activities are an important part of any preschool lesson plan. Children form important background knowledge when they engage in fun shape activities.

Identifying, naming and classifying shapes prepares young brains for more complex math concepts later on.

Hands-on learning activities with shapes provide concrete information and vocabulary while children explore.

What shapes should preschoolers know? Start with the basics: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, and oval. As children become more fluent at identifying those shapes, you can add on more complex shapes, like trapezoid, hexagon, octagon, rhombus and pentagon.

Include shape vocabulary and identification in as many areas as possible, including math, language, science, social studies, and art activities.

### How to Use the Garden Theme 2D Shapes Posters

Shape posters, shape mats, AND an I Spy game! This low-prep printable has you covered for any shapes theme preschool activities!

Full-page posters include the following 12 shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, rhombus, oval, trapezoid, octagon, hexagon, pentagon, parallelogram, and star.

I’ve also included half-page versions of the same shapes!

In addition to the posters, your students will love engaging in an I Spy math activity. The printout includes quarter-page cards to cut and hide throughout the classroom. Each card includes the words, “I see a….”

Students can search and find the shapes, then record their findings on the game board. I have included two versions of that as well. The harder version includes all 12 shapes, while an introductory activity for kids includes the 6 basic shapes.

### More Ways to Use the Garden Theme Shape Activities for Preschoolers

Since teachers are master multi-taskers, why not incorporate fine motor activities while we teach shapes?!

• Laminate the posters, mats, or I Spy cards to use as play dough mats where children can practice forming each shape.
• Use popsicle sticks with the same mats to make the shapes instead of play dough.
• Break out the pattern blocks for students to match, sort, or create new shapes using the shape of the mat they are working on.
• Incorporate 3D shapes by asking children to find the block that best matches each 2D shape mat.

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## Spring Theme Posters Shape Activities for Preschoolers

Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.