Understanding shapes can be a complex skill for a child to learn. Providing them with a good variety of hands-on activities and giving them lots of opportunities to explore and interact with shapes is very important. Sometimes the only way to understand the difference between a square and a rectangle or a circle and an oval is through having them side-by-side and exploring how they relate to each other. And let’s face it some of those words are tough for a preschooler or kindergartener to pronounce! These hands-on 2D shape activities will give your kids lots of practice!

– Life Over C's 25+ Awesome Hands-On 2D Shape Activities for Kids. Games, activities, free printables, sensory activities and more for learning about 2D Shapes with your kids!

2D Shape Activities from Life Over C’s

Shape Posters and I Spy Sets

Shape Matching Games for Kids

Shape Play Dough Mats

More Shape Activities

We love integrating learning shapes into other fun skill-building activities. Below you’ll find some great ideas for crafts, sensory play, activities and games that provide hands-on ways to teach 2D shapes.

Play, Activities and Games for 2D Shapes

However you choose to play and learn with shapes kids are sure to have fun and build early math skills. I’d love to hear you favorite hands-on ways to teach 2D shapes!

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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. 

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