FREE Worksheets #4 - Shapes in Real Life!
These worksheets focus on shapes! It teaches shapes and is a fun interactive activity that gets kids moving around and looking for shapes. Think of it as a mini treasure hunt. You can expand on this and make it really fun by giving them a bag while they go on their search and then they can place the item they find in the bag and at the end you can look at all the "shapes" you find and count them and even see which shape you have the most of. This is also a great way to extend the activity.
These worksheets focus on the following skills:
Finding shapes in real life
Fine motor; drawing shapes and shapes in real life
Shapes in Real Life!
How to complete this worksheet
Have your child do the following: circle all the circle, draw a square around all the squares, draw a triangle around all the the triangles, draw a rectangle around all the rectangles.
After you complete one, get your kid to find a shape in your house/classroom that is the same. For example if they circled a circle, get them to go find a circle "in real life" in your house/classroom then come back and carry on.
Don't move onto the next shape until you have found one in your house/classroom. Then draw or write the one you found on the line next to it.
Benefits of shape recognition
I feel math skills are an obvious area that gets worked when you teach your children shapes.
Geometry is in part the study of shapes. Having a basic understanding of them from a young age will make this math class a lot easier for kids.
Understanding the characteristics of shapes involves a lot of counting. How many sides does a shape have? This easily folds in number practice when you play with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Pattern recognition comes into play as well. Every time you add a side you get a new shape, this is a pattern. Being able to physically see the difference between a shape with three sides and one with five helps with number sense, a key to all math success.
Once the basic same or different concept is down, children can move into more complicated categorisation.
What makes a circle different from a square? This is detailed recognition of traits objects have.
An important skill is being able to find a common characteristic among different items. A great way to practice this is to send your child on a shape hunt as mentioned above in the activity.
How many circle objects can they find? How many squares? This shows them that shape is something that many different things can have in common.
Categorization is an important science skill.
Problem Solving and Spatial Relations
Shapes are also a great way to introduce problem-solving skills.
Take a shape sorter. Your child needs to determine which shape goes in which hole, and then they need to actually fit it in.
This works spatial relation skills as well.
Anything that works problem-solving is helpful for children, and this sort of trait recognition is key for future science skills.
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