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!
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.
Great Toys & Resources for Learning About Gardens and Seeds:
Educational Insights Plush Vegetable Garden 13-Piece Set, Easter Toy, Pretend Food, Early-Learning Skills, Ages 2+Learning Resources New Sprouts Grow It! Toddler Gardening Set, Outdoor Toys, Pretend Play, Easter Toys, 9 Pieces, Easter Gifts for Kids, Ages 2+Creativity for Kids Plant a Pizza Garden – Vegetable and Herb Starter Kit for KidsCreativity for Kids Grow ‘N Glow Terrarium Kit for Kids – Science Activities for Kids (Packaging May Vary)Dinosaur Fairy Garden in a Jar Light up Terrarium KitFisher-Price Laugh & Learn Grow-the-Fun Garden to Kitchen, Interactive Farm-to-Kitchen Playset for ToddlersLittle Tikes 2-in-1 Garden Cart and Wheelbarrow
Learning Shapes in Preschool
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.
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.
YouTube Videos for Learning About Gardens:
Great Garden Books for Kids
From Seed to PlantLola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads)Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book (Kids Yoga Stories)I Can Grow a Flower (Life Cycle Board Books)Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard (Backyard Bugs)Worm Weather (Penguin Core Concepts)A Seed Is Sleepy: (Nature Books for Kids, Environmental Science for Kids)
More Activities You’ll Love!
Planning for a Spring Theme? We’ve done all the work for you!
We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your SPRING THEME. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below: