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FREE Worksheets #4 - Shapes in Real Life!

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:

  • Shape recognition
  • Finding shapes in real life
  • Fine motor; drawing shapes and shapes in real life

Shapes in Real Life!

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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.
Note: if they find more than one shape in a picture they can choose which one they want to go find in the classroom or home.

Benefits of shape recognition

Learning shapes not only helps children identify and organize visual information, it helps them learn skills in other curriculum areas including reading, math, and science. For example, an early step in understanding numbers and letters is to recognize their shape.
Learning shapes also helps children understand other signs and symbols.
Basic shapes like circles, triangles, and squares are distinctly different from each other.  This makes them great for practicing same and different. Same and different is the start of really recognizing distinctive traits objects can have. 
It is also the first level of categorising and basic observation skills.


Math Skills

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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