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Shapes Coloring Pages

By Best Coloring Pages February 25th 2014

Shapes coloring pages are helpful for children’s cognitive development. All kinds of shapes make up the things we see every day. They are all around us in nature and in the things that man makes. Shapes like rectangles, triangles, cubes, pentagons, hexagons, squares, and circles are featured in these worksheets. They can help children to identify and label the shapes they come across.  Print out these free pages and get your kids learning about the world and all the great shapes in it.

Trapezoid Shape Coloring Page

Trapezoid Shape Coloring Page

Circle Coloring Sheet

Circle Coloring Sheet

10 Square Rectangle Coloring Page

10 Square Rectangle Coloring Page

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Shapes Tracing Sheet

Shapes Tracing Sheet

Color The Shapes

Match The Shapes Coloring Page

Match The Shapes Coloring Page

Happy Hexagon Coloring Page

Happy Hexagon Coloring Page

Heart Shape Coloring Page

House Made Of Shapes Coloring Page

House Made Of Shapes Coloring Page

Oval Shape Coloring Page

Shapes Coloring Page

Shapes Coloring Page

Triangle Fish Shape Coloring Page

Triangle Fish Shape Coloring Page

Printable Shapes Worksheet

Printable Shapes Worksheet

Geometrical Shapes for Kindergarten

Geometrical Shapes for Kindergarten

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Fun Shape Character

Fun Shape Character

Trapezoid Coloring Page

Trapezoid Coloring Page

Circle Coloring Page

Circle Coloring Page

Color My Shapes

Color My Shapes

Cute Shapes Coloring Page

Cute Shapes Coloring Page

Diamond Coloring Page

Diamond Coloring Page

Fun Simple Shapes Worksheet

Fun Simple Shapes Worksheet

Hexagon Coloring Page

Hexagon Coloring Page

Octagon Coloring Page

Octagon Coloring Page

Oval Coloring Page

Oval Coloring Page

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Printable Shapes Labeled

Shapes Printable Worksheet

Shapes Printable Worksheet

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Simple Shapes for Children to Color

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Square Coloring Page

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Zoe Teaches Shapes

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Coloring Pages With Shapes

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Geometric Shapes Coloring Pages Printable

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Heart Shape Coloring Pages

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Heart Shaped Coloring Pages

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Printable Shapes Coloring Pages

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Shape Coloring Pages For Kids

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Coloring Pages Geometric Shapes

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Shape and color activities for toddlers and for kids are one of my absolute favorite activities to bring forth! 

They are just so much fun and filled with learning fun, learning about new colors each day can be really fun, you can literally create shapes out of colored paper and call it a day , neat, right , related: looking for fine motor skills activities these are our favorite, i wanted to include a big list for you to go by if you ever were interested in the best way to bring forth fun and engaging colorful activities that also may incorporate shape learning as well , of course, some of these activities will only be about primary colors, color mixing, different colors and others will only be about shapes but some will definitely include both simultaneously. , shapes and color recognition are a wonderful lesson that can even be included in different themes throughout the year. , for example, around valentines day we love to learn about the colors red, pink, white and talk about the shape of a heart. , we may even include a bit of sensory play to create a fun color activity that is hands-on for young children. , add some colorful pom poms into sensory bottles or a sensory bin to create a fun activity for your preschool classroom., on christmas day , instead of working on all the colors of the rainbow, we like to include the colors green, red and gold and talk about the star shape , easy activities that incorporate creative ways to go about different seasons and themed activities make learning about color objects a lot of fun. , there are many fun ways to get creative with learning about shapes and colors throughout the different seasons of the year. , get this toddlers colors printable free with preschool themes, (learn more), i’ll be sharing below color and shape ideas in the following order: , color activities for toddlers, preschool color activities, color activities for kindergarten, shape activities for toddlers, preschool shape activities, shape activities for kindergarten , and, you will see some shape activities in the color category – colorful shapes. , you may also see color activities in the shapes category – shapes and colors. , matching color activities and more (tap below), how do you make learning colors fun , learning colors doesn’t have to be done with only a simple worksheet. , you can make color learning fun with simple play to learn activities , the basic question asked often is, “how to teach a two year old colors”, there are two learning colors games for toddlers i want to talk about right now: , color learning for kids can look something like filling a bin up with a small amount of water and adding a bit of food coloring into it. , a toddler learning colors can play with the water and you can talk about that color you added in. , not only is the toddler learning about the colors, they are playing while learning., kids painting games are also a fun way to learn about colors. , painting games for kids can look like painting your hand in the color green and then stamping it onto a paper. , this is a very simple way on how to teach colors to little ones because it is fun, easy and effective. , when do toddlers learn colors , toddlers are learning about the world around them every single day. , colors are everywhere and most children are able to see them and so if you point at something and show them the colors they will absorb that knowledge and in turn grow learning what you are teaching them 🙂 , every child is different but toddlers are learning everyday and colors is one of those categories they are learning about. 🙂 , learn about colors (and shapes) with the colorful object below : , color activities for preschoolers, here are some fun ideas we have tried that incorporated preschool color activities: , rainbow fish craft, leak proof bag color matching activity, paper plate jellyfish , ice cream craft with cotton pads, a lot of these toddler colors game activities were so much fun and not only about colors. they were playing, creating and learning as well , related: for even more simple color activities, check out these awesome  sensory activities, how do i teach my 5 year old colors , color activities for kindergarten can be easily brought forth with a few manipulatives. here are some of our past ideas that we have done that helped my littles learn about colors: , kindergarten busy book, color matching activity , diy sidewalk chalk paint, kindergarteners are also learning to write. , they can practice writing the color names in the same color of that color name. , how do we celebrate colour day , i didn’t even know color day was a thing 😀 , what a fun way to incorporate a rainbow of colors on a specific day of the year , if you are wanting to celebrate color day, a great way to bring forth learning colours for kids is to set up easy and effective activities to learn colors. , learning the colours of the different flags of the world, or games on colours such as board games or interactive games are other fun ways to learn about colors in a group setting. , learning color for kids can be fun , with the right direction and guidance, you will be learning colors in a fun way , what color should i teach first , there is no right or wrong way to teach colors. , a fun way to teach colors is by seasons. , for example, next time that it is st. patrick’s day, you may want to bring forth fun activities that involve the holiday. , the colors green and gold come to mind and this can be a wonderful time to teach about green and gold. , sticker sorting is a great opportunity to learn the names of the colors and rainbow colors on stickers for the preschool years, add a sheet of paper next to the sticker activity to write out the color name and practice learning colors. , related: looking for a fun toddler color sort printable this one is so much fun , how do i learn colors , i will be sharing a list below of different methods on how you can teach and/or learn colors , learning colors activities can be fun and doesn’t have to be boring , with a little help and direction from this post, you will be learning and teaching about colours in a fun way in no time , some ideas on color games are: , use colorful lego pieces to learn about the concept of colors, use this brown bear free booklet to learn about colors, point to the different colors in children’s books, create a fun game of pointing to the different color at the grocery store, point to all of the yellow cars one day and then on a different day point to a different colored car., use ice cube trays to create colorful ice cubes held on by popsicle sticks., related: looking for shape worksheets for kindergarten check out our kindergarten busy book , how do you introduce shapes to preschoolers , learning about shapes is so much fun , some ideas on how you can teach about shapes are: , by introducing fun hands on activities , matching shapes activities, shape art lesson, kids shapes learning by bringing forth a sensory bin, games of shapes or games with shapes, shapes in nature lesson plan, shape books for preschool, group activities for preschoolers about learning shapes, making shapes with pipe cleaners, these are just some of many ways you can teach about shapes to preschoolers 🙂 , how do preschoolers teach colors and shapes , preschoolers can learn about colors and shapes by learning through a fun shapes to learn activity. , for example: we tried this shape activity that was oodles of fun , you only need two items: a poster board and construction paper. , not only did my preschooler learn about shapes, but she also learned about colors too , what are good activities for preschoolers , a question i see often is, “how to introduce shapes to preschoolers”, there are many fun ways you can teach about shapes to preschoolers. , i like to keep it simple like our construction paper poster board shape matching activity , if you are interested in a preschool busy book, our busy book includes a shape matching page that will also teach your little about shapes in a fun way , it is a wonderful busy book that can be taken on the go and it is one of our most popular items. , check out our preschool activity binder , how do you introduce square shapes to preschoolers , you can bring forth a fun set of shape crafts for preschool. , for example, cut out different square shapes from construction paper and talk about the different square sizes and the square shape , elaborate on how the square has four sides. , another fun way to talk about the square shape is to try stick shapes. , grab four popsicle sticks and create a square using four craft sticks , what other fun shape ideas can you think of incorporating to learn about the square shape , what shapes should preschoolers know , i like to bring forth the four basic shapes first: , these are the first four that we learn in our home and then we work on any other shapes once these have been mastered. , what about you is there a specific set of shapes you like to go by first leave me a comment below letting me know , related: looking for toddlers 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April 26, 2023 at 9:00 am

I really loved the article. It provides a useful resource for parents and teachers who are looking for creative and effective ways to teach young children about colors and shapes.

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August 2, 2023 at 10:47 am

Absolutely loving these patterns and color activities! Not only is it fun and entertaining, but it is also incredibly educational for toddlers and preschoolers. The variety of ideas you have shared is fantastic and the step-by-step instructions make it easy for parents and teachers to implement.

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Free 2D Shape Coloring Book – Shape Coloring Pages For Preschoolers

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You don’t want to miss out on these Shape Coloring Pages for preschoolers! This FREE 2D Shape Coloring Book is a great way for little kids to create their own book and color it as well.

They’re easy to prepare and a great way to introduce preschoolers to shapes. This printable book offers multiple shape coloring pages that not only help your child to identify shapes but also encourages their own creativity while working through 5 shapes.

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Free 2D Shape Coloring Book – Shape Coloring Pages For Preschoolers

Learn about shapes with these shape coloring pages. This FREE printable shape coloring book will teach your children to recognize simple 2D shapes! Click through to grab your free book.

Fun Shape Coloring Pages for Kids

Shapes are all around us and your child interacts with them daily. They build with the rectangle and square blocks. They watch parents cut a pizza into triangles and move the wheels of a car round and round.

Why not build on that informal learning with something a little more structured? Most kids love to make small books, so we’ve created a cute shape coloring workbook.

It is designed for early learners who are just beginning to recognize and learn their shapes. Learning about shapes encourages the development of early math skills that will benefit your child in Kindergarten.

This activity would pair well with our free  2D shapes worksheets.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRINTABLE SHAPES COLORING PAGES?

The spring printable coloring pages and workbook introduces children to 5 basic 2D shapes.

Free 2D Shape Coloring Book - Shape Coloring Pages For Preschoolers

Each of the above basic shapes have two pages. The first includes a friendly-looking shape character, a shape to trace, and a picture of a real-life object that is the same shape. It also includes the shape name that children can trace over. The shape is introduced with a short that follows the same pattern, so it is easy to read.

The second page invites the child to draw the shape.

Kids will be working on early math skills, shape recognition, and will have the opportunity to trace and draw the shape.

The pages are black and white so that you do not need a color printer.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR THESE SHAPE COLORING PAGES

  • Free printable shape coloring book file (below)
  • Paper cutter

Free 2D Shape Coloring Book - Shape Coloring Pages For Preschoolers

PREPARATIONS

This activity is simple to prep; here’s how:

  • Get and print the resource (below)
  • Cut each page in half
  • Stack the pages with the cover on top
  • Staple along the left-hand side of the book.

Note: when printing the pages and workbook,  select the fit option (rather than the actual size.) You’ll find these settings in the printer window, where you can select the size.

WHERE TO GET THE SHAPES COLORING BOOK

GET THE FREE SHAPES COLORING BOOK HERE

Free 2D Shape Coloring Book - Shape Coloring Pages For Preschoolers

USING THE SHAPE COLORING PAGES

Now that the books are made, it’s time for some one-on-one learning with your child

Slowly read through the pages together. Invite them to help you count the number of sides of each shape and see how many corners or points you can find.

Encourage your child to color the simple shapes, characters and real-life objects. Then trace over the shape and work together to fill the blank page with the shape. How many rectangles/squares/ circles can you draw? Can you draw different sizes?

You can use different colors when drawing different shapes on the shape coloring sheets.

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If you have time, you could go on a shape hunt around the house. How many of the shapes can you find? Keep the learning light and fun. It may take your child a while to learn their shapes. This is not a reflection of their intelligence. It takes a while to build the pathways in the brain and that happens at a different pace for every child.

Make a point of revisiting the book often. It is a fun refresher and children love reading their own books.

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Free printable shapes worksheets

Inside: Free printable shapes worksheets perfect for toddlers or preschoolers.

These free printable shapes worksheets have a lot to offer if your little one is ready to learn about shapes. Because preschoolers are usually expected to recognize basic shapes by the time they enter kindergarten, helping them master this skill is essential.

So whether your toddler is only starting to learn her shapes or your preschooler needs some more practice , these printable shapes worksheets are fun and playful to work with.

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Plus, they are quick and easy to print and perfect for ready-to-go shapes activities you can easily do with your toddler or preschooler at home.

Just let your child color the different shapes, trace the shapes, search & find, look for two matching shapes, or trace the dots.

Plus I’ve recently updated this post and added seven more coloring shapes worksheets for your convenience.

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Check out some of my popular shapes worksheets below:

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Why shape recognition matters

If you are wondering what shapes should a preschooler know or why is teaching shapes important at such a young age, read on!

The ability to recognize shapes helps children to build a solid foundation for future reading, writing, math, and overall cognitive development.

Reading . When children are able to notice the differences among various shapes, they are very well on their way to spotting the diverse shapes of letters and numbers.

Writing . By tracing shapes, children practice different curves and lines that we typically find in letters. It is no wonder then that plenty of shape tracing practice will boost your child’s ability to learn to write. She will also strengthen her fine motor skills and gain a strong pencil grip.

Critical thinking. By comparing shapes and their characteristics, children can practice problem-solving and critical thinking. Playing shape sorting games, building puzzles, or doing cut-and-paste activities all help your child to observe and solve a shape-related problem.

To download all 20 pages of these shapes worksheets, simply click on the download link at the end under the “Get your PDF below” banner. You will get your pdf right away.

Free printable shapes worksheets for toddlers and preschoolers. Preschool shapes activities such as find and color, tracing shapes and shapes coloring pages.

My printable shapes worksheets are the perfect go-to resource whenever you’re learning about shapes with your little one.

Make sure to let your child play around with them, choose her own colors to color them in, etc.

Let her have fun and don’t worry if she doesn’t find all the right answers. You can always come back and print them out again.

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Tracing shapes worksheets

My tracing shapes worksheets are designed with young learners in mind. Most of the shapes are large and easy enough to keep toddlers’ or preschoolers’ attention.

As I mentioned earlier, tracing shapes is a building block for future writing. When children practice tracing lines and curves in different shapes, they are preparing to learn to write their letters and numbers.

So before you add any number or letter tracing activities, give your child enough opportunities for tracing shapes first.

With my worksheets, children will practice tracing these basic shapes: triangle, square, circle, rectangle, star, oval, and diamond (rhombus) .

Free printable shapes worksheets for toddlers and preschoolers. Preschool shapes activities such as find and color, tracing shapes and shapes coloring pages.

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Most recently, I decided to add a few more pages to my shape tracing worksheets.

Here are the latest shape tracing worksheets:

  • Trace and copy shapes
  • Finish drawing the incomplete shapes

You can have a look below.

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Matching shapes

Matching shapes is a great activity to encourage observation skills and problem-solving.

Especially in the house activity, children have to spot shapes within shapes. Gently encourage your child to look at the “big” shapes and “small” shapes to spot them all.

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Cut out the shapes worksheet

Have your child use safety scissors to cut out these shapes to practice scissor skills. She can color them in for extra fun too.

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Shapes coloring pages pdf

Next is a set of tracing and coloring shapes worksheets for recognizing circles to rectangles, ovals, and diamonds. There is a total of seven pages!

These coloring pages full of shapes are a lot of fun to do. At least my two preschoolers love them. Spotting the right shapes and coloring them in gives them a great sense of accomplishment. They always ask for more!

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Hi Jessica! Just download the pdf at the bottom of the page and then print. The download link is after the green banner that says “Download your PDF below”. Best to use a desktop for PDF printing.

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Are you by any chance using iPhone or iPad? Those devices most often block direct pdf downloads. Use a laptop or desktop, that should work no problem. The download link is always at the end of each post. Let me know if this helped!

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If you have preschoolers, they may be ready to learn about different shapes in your math and early learning curriculum. Using printable shapes is a great way to help your children to work on their fine motor skills while tracing, coloring and cutting them out.

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Printable Shapes

Shapes can be introduced to young children and early learners in a fun way with shapes worksheets and activity packs to help with early math skills. The common shape is introduced in preschool with more difficult shapes being introduced to kindergarten students.

How many basic shapes are there?

There are 10 basic shapes: circle, oval, triangle, rhombus, square, rectangle, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon and octagon.

Ways to Use Printable Shapes

There are lots of ways you can use printable shapes with your young kids to teach them about the different kinds of shapes.

Check out these following activities for some shape learning fun:

  • Print out the shapes in different colors and hide them around the house. Call out the shape names then have your children go on a shape hunt to find the shape that you just called out.
  • Have your child trace the printable shape with their fingers. They can try to recreate it on a separate piece of paper or a large chalkboard. Make sure you start with simple shapes then move on up.
  • Give them activity packs and free printable shapes worksheets to have them practice what they are learning about shapes.
  • Use shape flash cards to drill and play games with.
  • Have your child create their own book of shapes. They can cut and paste their favorite shapes into the book using free shape printables.
  • Practice cutting shapes out of different colors of construction paper, then line them up and sort them with the matching shapes .

Shapes To Teach Your Child

First, teach basic shapes: circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, and diamond.

Next, teach more advanced shapes: star, heart, crescent, cross, semi-circle, and an arrow.

Lastly, teach more difficult shapes: parallelogram, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, and the octagon.

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Be sure to scroll down to get access to our free printable shapes activity pack. Included are the following printable shapes: circle, square, rectangle, oval, triangle, star, and hexagon. Kids will have fun coloring the shapes, as well as tracing shape names, and cutting the printable shapes. 

Printable Shapes Activity Pack

Using free shapes printables is a great way to teach shape recognition especially to a visual learner. Your kids will love seeing the fun shapes then practicing drawing, tracing, coloring and cutting them out with a printable shapes worksheet .

Printable Shapes Worksheets for Kids, text overlay with multiple overlapping hexagonal shapes in various colors.

Printable Shapes to Color

Kids love cute coloring pages ! These simple shapes coloring pages are great to use for crafts. Your children can color shapes, decorate them and use them as printable templates. 

Learn what a circle is by coloring multiple circles in fun colors to create a colorful circle shaped caterpillar .

Work on learning the basic shapes with this adorable shape butterfly coloring page . Color the shapes different colors to create a colorful butterfly.

This house coloring page has all of the common shapes in a fun scene to color in. Have your children call out the names of the shapes as they are coloring them.

These easy no prep shapes coloring pages are simple to use and will also help your kids learn the shape word as they are coloring them.

Printable Shapes to Cut and Paste

Cut and paste worksheets are a lot of fun for young learners. Cut out the cute bug shapes and paste them to the correct bugs and make a match. 

A cut and paste shape sorting worksheet will help your kids match real life objects to basic shapes.

Let your little ones practice cutting out geometric shapes and pasting them to create their own shape artwork.

Practice shape recognition by cutting out the shapes and pasting them next to the matching shape on the cut and paste shape worksheet .

These shape tracing and cutting printable worksheets will help your children learn their shapes while working on their fine motor skills at the same time. 

Shapes to Trace

Tracing worksheets are great to build fine motor skills. If you are teaching your little one their shapes, download some printable shapes they can trace. 

Teach your children to learn about shapes and give them some extra shape recognition practice with these free shape tracing worksheets . Your kids will learn how to recognize the shape words while they trace and draw a triangle, oval, circle, star, diamond, heart, square, rectangle, pentagon and octagon.

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Matching Shape Tracing Worksheets

Using a matching games printable is a fun way to practice learning shapes. 

These shape tracing worksheets for kindergarten will help your kids to recognize shapes as they trace and match them.

Ready to go shape activities are great for shape recognition, matching, tracing and shape cutting practice. 

Trace the line to match the shape flowers then trace them to the other side and color them in. 

Trace and match the missing half of the shapes from one side of the paper to the other. 

Complete 6 different activities such as: tracing, dotting, matching, tracing, writing and completing the shapes with these shape activity worksheets .

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Free Printable Shapes Activity Pack

Included are five different printable shapes worksheets: Circle, Square, Rectangle, Oval, Triangle, Star, Hexagon. You can also trace the name of each shape. Kids will have fun drawing them and coloring them. Also included is a cut out template for each shape.

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Working on shape activities with your children is so much fun. Giving your children shape activities will strengthen their fine motor skills and increase their memory skills at the same. 

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This post contains 30+ images to teach kids (at preschool and kindergarten ages) about shapes, including shape tracing worksheets, shape counting, shape recognition and coloring pages, and shape writing practice sheets. Kids will learn about naming, recognizing, tracing and coloring basic shapes like circles, squares, rectangles, ovals, diamond (rhombus) and a little harder shapes like star, crescent, pentagon, hexagon, octagon etc.

While teaching about shapes, I’d suggest that in addition to using these worksheets, you should also look at things around the house (table, chairs, windows, doors, etc.) and ask your kids to name the shapes that they see.

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Shapes - Square, rectangle, triangle, circle, oval, heart, star, diamond, pentagon for kids

Shapes – Square, rectangle, triangle, circle, oval, heart, star, diamond, pentagon

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Shapes Coloring Pages

Circles, triangles, squares learn all the shapes as you color them in these coloring pages.

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It’s common to start learning shapes and colors during early childhood. Shapes are easy concepts to learn naturally that have a huge impact on a child’s future education. These shapes coloring pages are great for the little ones to start practicing this topic!

Even before children develop speech, they have the ability to notice how the objects are shaped. From clouds, trees, and animals, to basic shapes in toys, children get to study and catalog their surroundings using shapes.

This natural learning is the basis for children’s literacy, math, organizational skills, and language learning, and more. But, how does a child learn the shapes?

At first, by sight! As they grow up, they get used to the shapes they can see every day, like the circles in the wheels of a toy car, or the square in a slice of cheese. After 18 months of age, a child can recognize and name basic shapes like circles , squares , and triangles .

Then, during preschool, they reinforce what they have already learned and also pick up new concepts of more complex shapes like diamonds , stars , or hearts . To learn these shapes, they not only have to use their motor skills but also their language skills to memorize the name.

By recognizing these geometric forms , a child is able to identify and learn the letters. This skill is needed to start learning the alphabet since the first step is to visually recognize the letters by their shapes in order to learn their sounds.

Acquiring these skills at a young age results in children who are better prepared, even more so when the little ones are learning English as a second or foreign language since knowing the names of shapes in English can help them build a better vocabulary and to become more proficient at it.

These coloring sheets for children will help you spark your little one’s creativity while also learning the shapes. Through coloring, they can also practice the colors in English and work on their fine motor skills.

Apart from coloring, these printable drawings are great to practice writing and spelling in English. Each page has a different shape and two versions of their written name: one to learn how to write it and the other one to trace the word in English .

Go over the word several times and make sure to stop on each letter and practice their sound and pronunciation. After, you can try incorporating the shape word into a sentence, for example: “ There are lots of stars in the sky ”, “ She has a star on her shirt ”, this is a perfect way to practice more vocabulary and even to practice topics such as the personal pronouns in English .

Finally, when coloring, remember that creativity is important! So you can print several copies of the same drawing and encourage your little one to use different colors on each drawing, to let their creativity flow.

Once you’ve finished with the coloring sheets, you can do some extra practice by asking your little one to identify the different shapes in the objects around his or her room or around the house. What shapes can your child find in the kitchen? Mabe a rectangle in the microwave, or an oval in a spoon!

Additionally, you can use songs in English such as the “ Shapes Song ” and have a fun time dancing and singing while learning this important subject!

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30+ Coloring Shapes Worksheets | Free Printable

These free c oloring shapes worksheets will help you visualize and understand coloring shapes correctly. First-grade students will learn basic coloring shapes and improve their basic math skills with our free printable worksheets .

Coloring 2D Shapes Worksheets

Coloring 2D Shapes Worksheets

There are some shapes on the worksheet. Identify the 2D shapes according to the instructions. Then color them using the given color codes.

Coloring 3D Shapes Worksheets

Coloring 3D Shapes Worksheets

This activity is similar to the previous one, but here you will color the 3D shapes. Determine the 3D shapes according to the instructions. Then color them using the given color codes.

Coloring 2D Shapes to Create Picture Worksheet

Coloring 2D Shapes to Create Picture Worksheet

There are some pictures on this worksheet. Color codes are also given for each shape. Color the 2D shapes according to their shape to create pictures.

Coloring 3D Shapes in Real Life Examples Worksheet

Coloring 3D Shapes in Real Life Examples Worksheet

Here are some real-life examples of 3D shapes on the worksheet. Identify the shapes and color them according to the color codes. The color codes are provided on the worksheet.

Coloring 2D Shapes Examples Worksheet

Coloring 2D Shapes Examples Worksheet

This method is similar to the previous one, but here you will find real-life examples of 2D shapes on the worksheet. Figure out the shapes and color them according to the color codes. The color codes are provided on the worksheet.

Connecting Dots and Coloring Shapes Worksheet

Connecting Dots and Coloring Shapes Worksheet

Connect the dots and find shapes after connecting the dots. Then color the shapes according to the given color codes on the worksheet.

Completing Shapes and Coloring Worksheet

Completing Shapes and Coloring Worksheet

Here are some incomplete shapes on the worksheet. Complete them and also color the shapes.

Tracing and Coloring Shapes Worksheet

Tracing and Coloring Shapes Worksheet

There are some shapes on the worksheet. Trace the 2D shapes. Then color them using the given color codes.

Coloring and Matching Shapes Worksheet

Coloring and Matching Shapes Worksheet

In this activity, there are two columns of 3D shapes, where one column has color and the other is colorless. First, match the similar shapes. Then color the 3D shapes.

Coloring and Counting Shapes Worksheet

Coloring and Counting Shapes Worksheet

There are some shapes on this worksheet. First, count them. Then, color them according to the instructions.

Choose and Color Correct Shapes Worksheet

Choose and Color Correct Shapes Worksheet

In this activity, the names of the shapes are written in the left column of the worksheet. The shapes are also drawn in the right column. Choose the correct shape and color them according to the instructions.

So today, we’ve discussed coloring shapes worksheets using the concepts of drawing, tracing, choosing, joining dots, etc. for 2D and 3D shapes and their examples. Download our free worksheets, and after practicing these worksheets, students will surely improve their mathematical skills and have a better understanding of coloring shapes worksheets.

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Shapes coloring pages offer a delightful and educational activity for children, allowing them to explore various shapes, their names, and unique characteristics. These coloring pages not only provide entertainment but also promote the development of essential skills such as fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and creativity. In this article, we will delve into the world of shapes coloring pages and discuss the benefits they offer to children of all ages.

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Learning About Shapes

Shapes coloring pages play a vital role in teaching children about different shapes, their names, and properties. Through coloring, kids can easily grasp the concept of shapes. For instance, they can learn that a circle has no sides or corners, while a square has four sides and four corners. This hands-on experience enhances their understanding and knowledge of shapes.

Developing Fine Motor Skills

The act of coloring shapes also aids in the development of fine motor skills. The precise movements required to fill in the shapes with colors help strengthen the small muscles in children’s hands and fingers. As they control the pencil or crayon, their motor skills improve, benefiting them in various tasks such as writing, eating, and dressing.

Improving Hand-Eye Coordination

Shapes coloring pages contribute to the improvement of hand-eye coordination in children. By coordinating their hands and eyes while coloring, kids enhance their ability to perform tasks that involve the synchronization of these two vital senses. This skill is essential for activities like sports, writing, and even everyday tasks.

Encouraging Creativity

Creativity flourishes when children engage in shapes coloring pages. They can unleash their imagination by selecting colors, patterns, and designs. This creative expression helps them develop their artistic skills and fosters a sense of individuality. Encouraging creativity through coloring can have a positive impact on a child’s overall cognitive development.

When it comes to selecting the right shapes coloring page for your child, consider their age, interests, and skill level. Providing them with a variety of coloring materials such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, and glitter pens adds to the fun and allows them to explore their artistic abilities further. As they color, engage your child in conversations about the shapes they are working on, encouraging them to share their observations and understanding.

Shapes coloring pages offer a wonderful blend of fun and education for children. By engaging in this activity, kids can learn about shapes, refine their fine motor skills, improve hand-eye coordination, and express their creativity. To make the most of shapes coloring pages, choose appropriate designs, provide a variety of coloring materials, foster conversation about shapes, and create a joyful environment. Let your child’s imagination soar as they embark on a colorful journey through the world of shapes! Visit ColoringKiz to discover a wide range of captivating shapes coloring pages for your little ones.

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I am someone who is passionate about sharing beauty and joy with people across the globe through the medium of coloring pages. I believe that art has the power to uplift, inspire, and connect people from all walks of life. By creating and sharing coloring pages, i hope to bring a little bit of brightness and creativity into the lives of others, no matter where they may be located. My dedication to spreading positivity and creativity through my coloring pages is truly admirable, and i am always looking for new ways to engage with and inspire my audience.

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20 ways to learn colors and shapes

Colors and shapes are two of those  things your child should know before he starts kindergarten . Thankfully, they’re fun to teach!

Even though I have taken a very laid-back approach to teaching my kids colors and shapes, my oldest four kids have learned them well by age 3 1/2. I’m doing the same sort of activities with my Two.

  • We talk about shapes and colors as we go through our daily routine.
  • We read books about colors and shapes.
  • We play simple sorting games.

For a variety of fun, simple ways to teach colors and shapes, keep reading!

10 color activities for preschoolers

  • Sort Froot Loops by color – I Can Teach My Child
  • Sort toy food by color – This Little Home of Mine
  • Do a color sorting sensory bin – I prefer to use stale cereal so my kids aren’t as tempted 😉 – The Resourceful Mama
  • Print these free books about colors – and read them often. Repeat the color word when you name each object. (My Two loves these!)
  • Make a color sorting train – Mom Inspired Life
  • Learn about colors with a free activity pack  – This Reading Mama
  • Do a colorful pom pom drop – Imagination Tree
  • Do an outdoor color hunt   with items from nature – No Time for Flashcards
  • Sort counting bears with a free printable sorting mat
  • Read books about colors – This Reading Mama

10 shape activities for preschoolers

  • Sort shapes from magazines – Mom Inspired Life
  • Do an indoor shape hunt – Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls
  • Make large shape outlines on the floor with washi tape and build on top of them – Learning 4 Kids
  • Play shape games on the driveway – Mames Like Me
  • Make an easy shape collage – Nurture Store
  • Sort snacks by shape – Chieu Urban
  • Play a roll and cover shape game – Playdough to Plato
  • Make a shape book – Lovely Commotion
  • Clip the matching shape
  • Read books about shapes – Gift of Curiosity

I hope you’ve found some fun color and shape activities to try with your preschooler at home or in the classroom!

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Teaching Shapes and Colors to Toddlers

W elcome to the vibrant world of shapes and colors for toddlers! You’re in for a fantastic adventure as we uncover delightful ways to teach shapes and colors to our little explorers.

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Shapes and colors are fundamental concepts that toddlers begin to understand at an early age. They are the building blocks of learning, helping children to categorize, compare, and contrast the world around them. Recognizing shapes and colors aids in language development and mathematical skills.

Shapes for Toddlers:

  • Circle: Like the shape of a ball or the sun.
  • Square: Four equal sides, think of a classic block toy.
  • Triangle: Three sides; a slice of pie is a good example.
  • Rectangle: Like a door or a book.
  • Oval: Shaped similarly to an egg.
  • Star: The twinkling objects in the night sky.
  • Heart: A symbol of love, often seen on Valentine’s cards.
  • Diamond: Think of a kite in the sky.

Colors for Toddlers:

  • Red: The color of apples and fire trucks.
  • Blue: The sky on a clear day or the deep ocean.
  • Yellow: Bright like the sun or a banana.
  • Green: The color of grass or broccoli.
  • Orange: A mix of red and yellow, like the fruit.
  • Purple: A blend of blue and red; think of grapes.
  • Pink: Soft and light, like cotton candy.
  • Brown: The color of chocolate or tree trunks.

Learning shapes and colors for toddlers can be a fun and exciting journey. It’s not about formal education but rather about integrating these concepts into their daily lives. Start by pointing out shapes and colors in their environment, like the red apple or the square box. Use colorful shape toys and read books that focus on different shapes and colors. Remember, repetition is key at this stage, so consistently reinforcing these concepts is crucial.

It’s important to make the process interactive and engaging when teaching toddlers colors and shapes. Here are a few strategies:

  • Use Everyday Objects: Point out the colors and shapes of objects around the house or outside. For example, a green leaf or a round ball.
  • Play Games: Simple games like ‘I Spy’ can be a fun way to teach these concepts.
  • Arts and Crafts: Use colored paper, play dough, or paint to create different shapes and colors.
  • Read Books:  Many children’s books teach shapes and colors. Reading these regularly can reinforce learning.

Games are a fantastic way to teach shapes and colors to toddlers. They make learning fun and interactive. Some games include:

  • Shape and Color Hunt: Hide different colored shapes around the house and have your toddler find them.
  • Matching Games: Create or buy cards with different shapes and colors for your toddler to match.
  • Online Games:  Some many online games and apps teach shapes and colors in an engaging way.

Children typically start to learn shapes and colors between the ages of 2 and 3. However, every child is unique and develops at their own pace. It’s important to introduce these concepts early, but not to push if your child isn’t showing interest yet. They will eventually grasp these fundamental concepts with time, patience, and consistent exposure.

Teaching shapes and colors to preschoolers builds on the foundations laid during the toddler years. At this stage, children can start to identify more complex shapes and differentiate between shades of colors. Use puzzles, blocks, and drawing activities to reinforce these concepts. Also, encourage your child to describe the world around them in terms of shapes and colors to strengthen their understanding.

Color shapes are a great tool for teaching toddlers about shapes and colors. These can be in the form of toys, flashcards, or even DIY crafts. When using color shapes, make sure to talk about both the color and the shape of the object. For example, you might say, “This is a red square” or “Can you find the blue circle?” This helps toddlers connect the shape and the color, enhancing their learning experience.

Understanding shapes and colors is fundamental to a young child’s cognitive development. This knowledge equips your little one with the perceptual, visual, and spatial skills that are the foundation of many complex topics they will learn. Teaching shapes and colors early promotes creativity, improves communication skills, and fosters healthy self-esteem as your child feels a sense of achievement. So, let’s uncover some playful techniques, engaging activities, and helpful parenting tips to make learning shapes and colors a joyful experience for you and your toddler !

Before we start, it’s essential to realize that we have two main goals when teaching shapes and colors to toddlers. We want to help them recognize and identify these vital concepts. Recognition involves understanding that all shape versions, regardless of size, orientation, or color, belong to the same category. On the other hand, identification is naming a shape or color. Though recognition usually comes first, both skills are essential for a comprehensive understanding of shapes and colors.

Parenting tips for teaching shapes.

Begin by introducing your child to the basic shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and maybe even a few more, like hexagons and octagons. As an early childhood educator, one fun way I love using it to turn each shape into a character with a name, a face, and a little story behind it. Every day, you and your toddler can engage with each shape, say “Hello,” and talk about them. Doing this helps your little one develop an emotional connection and an interest in these new shape friends!

Want to make spotting shapes fun? Turn it into a delightful game! Keep a pair of binoculars or DIY them with empty toilet paper tubes. Take your little one on a “Shape Safari” walk around your home or at the park, and together, spot and name the various shapes you can see. Not only will your toddler learn to recognize shapes in their environment, but the activity also creates an exciting bonding experience.

Encourage creativity while teaching shapes through different art and craft activities. Here are a few ideas:

  • Shape Stamping: Use foam or rubber letters, or make your stamps by attaching shapes to empty bottle caps or cork. Have your child dip their shape stamps in paint and create their work of art!
  • Sticker Collage: Give your toddler a variety of shaped stickers and some paper. Encourage them to make a fun collage while naming the shapes as they stick them!
  • Shape Collage: Cut out different colored shapes from construction paper or magazines, and have your child glue them on a larger piece of paper in a unique arrangement!

Shape sorting is an excellent way to practice focusing, problem-solving, and fine motor skills . You can buy a shape sorter toy or even make one! Repurpose a shoebox, draw an outline of each shape on the lid, and cut them out. Your toddler can then push the corresponding shape through the hole while naming it. For an added challenge, mix in different colors and ask them only to sort a particular color.

Parenting tips for teaching colors.

Teaching colors to toddlers can be both fun and beneficial for their development. While coloring pages are a popular tool for teaching colors, it’s essential to remember that there are many other ways to introduce and reinforce color recognition. Exploring different colors through painting, color-based games, and even color-themed days can promote creativity, enhance sensory development, and improve cognitive and language skills . So, get ready to let your little one’s imagination soar as you discover the benefits of coloring for toddlers and other fun and engaging ways to teach colors.

Select a key color for the day, and with your child, discover items around your home with that color. Encourage your child to wear clothes or accessories with the chosen color and enjoy color-themed snacks! Switch things up daily, and by the end of the week, congratulate your child on becoming a color expert!

Reading colorful, engaging books is a perfect way to introduce and teach colors to your child. Find books that emphasize individual or various colors, making it interactive by asking your toddler to point to or name the colors on the pages. Some popular titles to consider are “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Eric Carle, “Blue Hat, Green Hat” by Sandra Boynton, and “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh.

Unlock creativity with simple painting activities. One fantastic way to teach colors is through finger painting; it allows your little one to explore colors in a hands-on, sensory way. Alternatively, use brushes, sponges, or even recyclables like bubble wrap as painting tools while encouraging color-mixing exploration. Always remember to say the names of the colors as your child interacts with them!

Turn teaching colors into a fun and interactive game. Set up color-based sorting activities utilizing objects from your home, such as blocks, buttons, or toys. Create matching games using color swatches, or try scavenger hunts around your home, where your child has to find objects with specific colors.

Incorporate preschool coloring pages into your child’s learning routine to help them practice color recognition and boost their fine motor skills. Choose coloring pages with simple images and shapes, ensuring they have various colors. 

As your child colors, talk about the different colors they’re using and encourage them to identify them. You can find free printable coloring pages online, purchase coloring books, or create custom pages featuring your child’s favorite characters and themes. Make coloring time a fun, shared activity by joining in and discussing the various colors as you create vibrant masterpieces together!

Shape and color activities for a combined experience.

Coloring activities for preschoolers are an excellent way to engage and entertain your little ones while simultaneously teaching them about colors. Coloring pages with simple images and shapes are perfect for preschoolers to practice using color recognition games and improve their fine motor skills.

This classic game can be modified to teach both shapes and colors simultaneously. Create a BINGO board for each player, filling the spaces with different colored shapes. Prepare a bag of small, color-coded shapes to be drawn during the game. As you pick the pieces out of the bag, say the name of the shape and color. The players must find a match on their boards to get five in a row!

Transform the traditional hopscotch game for indoor or outdoor use with colored shapes acting as numbered squares. This helps your child practice shape and color recognition and build their motor skills !

The I Spy game is excellent for keeping toddlers engaged while teaching them about their surroundings. Twist the game by having your little one spy shapes and colors simultaneously. For example, “I spy with my little eye a red circle.”

Using foam or heavy paper, create puzzles that integrate shapes and colors. Create larger shapes using smaller multicolored basic shapes, such as a house or tree. These puzzles promote problem-solving skills and reinforce color and shape recognition.

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Learning shapes and colors might be challenging and time-consuming for some children, and that’s okay! Every child learns at a different pace. As a parent, providing ample praise and encouragement is crucial for nurturing motivated and confident learners. Therefore, remember always to be patient, keep the learning activities fun and stress-free, and celebrate every little success they achieve. Happy shaping and coloring with your little one!

As your child grows and develops, it’s essential to adapt these activities to suit their age and skill level. Explore more advanced learning opportunities that maintain their interest and provide challenges. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Introduce more complex shapes like pentagons, parallelograms, or rhombuses.
  • Practice recognizing and naming shades and tints of colors, like light blue or dark green.
  • Add counting, grouping, or sorting by size or type to shape and color activities .
  • Explore pattern recognition using colored shapes.
  • Encourage your child to recognize and name shapes and colors in everyday situations, such as grocery shopping or while observing nature.

In a world that’s becoming more interconnected, embracing cultural diversity, even in how we teach shapes and colors, can be incredibly enriching. Here are a couple of unique ideas:

  • Teach shapes and colors in different languages, whether from your native culture or a foreign country. Doing so provides an excellent opportunity for linguistic and cultural exposure.
  • Introduce shapes integral to a culture or religious practice, such as the mandalas common in Buddhist and Hindu traditions or the Star of David in Judaism.
  • Discuss unique worldwide color symbolism and the meanings attached to different colors in various cultures.

Collaborate and share the learning journey.

Get family, friends, or your child’s preschool community involved! Setting up a shared learning activity can be fun to create a stimulating learning environment for your young one. For instance, you could:

  • Organize a shape or color-themed playdate.
  • Ask your child’s preschool teacher if they can assist with the continuity of learning by sharing insights on relevant classroom activities.
  • Encourage extended family members to participate in the shape and color learning journey through video calls or when they visit.

Introducing shapes and colors to toddlers is fundamental to their early learning. These are among the first abstract concepts that children learn. Recognizing different shapes and colors helps in developing cognitive skills and it’s also a pre-requisite for many future skills like recognizing letters and numbers. Using everyday objects, you can talk about their color and shape, reinforcing this learning through regular interaction.

Learning shapes and colors is a significant step in a toddler’s cognitive development. This process can start as early as 18 months, with toddlers beginning to identify colors and simple shapes. By 3 years old, many can name several shapes and colors. This learning can be facilitated through a variety of everyday experiences, including playtime with shape sorters or colored blocks, reading books about colors and shapes, or even during a walk in the park identifying natural shapes and colors.

Teaching colors and shapes to toddlers doesn’t have to be a structured activity. In fact, integrating these lessons into everyday life is often the most effective approach. Use opportunities during mealtime, playtime, or strolls to point out different colors and shapes. Consistent reinforcement is key. Incorporate educational toys and games that involve sorting or matching shapes and colors, and use clear, consistent language when referring to each shape and color.

Online games offer an interactive way for children to learn about shapes and colors. Many websites and apps feature games that help children recognize and differentiate various shapes and colors through fun, engaging activities. This might include puzzles, matching games, or digital drawing. These games can supplement real-world learning experiences and offer children a way to practice and reinforce their knowledge in a digital environment. Always ensure that any online resources used are age-appropriate and safe for your child.

With all these amazing activities, techniques, and tips up your sleeve, teaching shapes and colors to your toddler promises an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Your little one will undoubtedly be all set to blossom into a creative, perceptive, and confident learner, exploring the vibrant world around them. Gather your colored shapes, wear your most imaginative hat, and embark on this fantastic learning adventure with your child. Happy shaping and coloring!

Frequently asked questions.

We understand that as a parent, you may have some questions about teaching shapes and colors to your toddler. To help you navigate this exciting and essential learning phase, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions accompanied by straightforward, NLP-style answers.

You can start introducing basic shapes and colors to your child as early as 18 months to 2 years old. Children often begin to recognize and name familiar objects at this age, making it a suitable time to start teaching these fundamental concepts.

Some common signs that your child is ready to learn shapes and colors include an ability to recognize and name familiar objects, keen observation skills, and an interest in exploring their surroundings. When your child shows these developments, you can effectively introduce them to shapes and colors through the methods described in this blog post.

It’s entirely up to you! Some children might find learning one concept at a time helpful, while others may benefit from learning shapes and colors simultaneously. Observe your child’s learning preferences and adapt your approach accordingly.

You should introduce shape and color learning activities during your child’s daily routine. Consistency is crucial for reinforcing their learning, so try to incorporate these activities for at least a few minutes daily.

Children have different interests, and that’s completely okay! Try to adapt the activities to incorporate your child’s interests, whether it’s a favorite story, cartoon character, or a general theme they enjoy. The key is to make learning shapes and colors fun and engaging.

Repetition and consistency are crucial for reinforcing your child’s learning. Continue to practice shapes and colors in your daily routine, discuss them during everyday activities, and encourage your child to recognize and name them independently.

Practice patience and provide ample support. Provide extra practice and encouragement while focusing on the specific shape or color they’re struggling with, and celebrate their effort and small achievements. Keep the learning experience enjoyable and stress-free.

There are no significant differences between boys and girls when it comes to learning shapes and colors. The most crucial factor is the teaching approach and your child’s individual interest and learning style, regardless of gender.

Many of the activities discussed here can work for children with special needs. However, you may need to modify or tailor them based on your child’s unique learning style, abilities, and challenges. Consult professionals like teachers, psychologists, or therapists for additional guidance.

Absolutely! Many of the activities in this blog post can be easily adapted for group settings, like preschools or playdates. Involving other children can create a stimulating and cooperative learning environment, making the activities more enjoyable and engaging.

Your child has mastered shapes and colors when they can consistently recognize, identify, and name various shapes and colors independently in planned activities and everyday situations.

Yes! Feel free to use your creativity and imagination to develop additional activities or materials to introduce shapes and colors. Focus on your child’s interests and learning style to create an engaging and personalized learning experience.

Several digital resources, like apps or online games, can supplement your child’s learning of shapes and colors. However, remember to balance screen time and hands-on, interactive activities for a well-rounded learning experience.

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Don’t you think toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten kids are at a stage where they are eager to explore the world around them? Well, one of the fundamental concepts they begin to grasp during this phase is shapes and colors. Understanding shapes and colors helps enhance their cognitive abilities, fine motor skills, and creativity.

Circle, Square, Triangle, and Rectangle are the four basic shapes that toddlers should know about and get started with. There are various color activities for kindergarten little humans and preschoolers to help them understand colors and shapes in a fun and engaging way. Kids have a natural ability to adapt to their surroundings and grasp the teachings rapidly. You can introduce them to the world of colors and different shapes right at home. Additionally, many of these activities are extensively performed at kindergartens. This will ensure that they learn collectively in a social environment.

In this blog, we will present 40 exciting shape and color activities tailored to the developmental stages of these young learners.

1. Sorting Shapes

Sorting Shapes

One exciting and educational activity to introduce shapes to toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten kids is shape sorting. Gather an assortment of objects in various shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and more. It could be toys, blocks, cut-outs, or even everyday items from around the house or classroom. Next, provide containers or boxes labeled with the names of the corresponding shapes. Encourage the children to explore the objects, pick them up, and identify their shapes. As they grasp each object, they can place it into a container that matches its shape. This activity helps in developing their shape recognition skills.

2. “Color, Color, Which Color Do You Want?”

“Color, Color, Which Color Do You Want?”

Prepare for the adventure by selecting a few specific colors to focus on. You can choose primary colors like red, blue, and yellow or opt for a broader palette that includes secondary colors like purple, green, and orange. Once you have your colors in mind, gather the little explorers and explain the rules of the game. This will help them find those colors, and they will be able to identify them through their names and appearance. These items could be toys, household objects, art supplies, or even pieces of clothing. As they discover objects of the chosen color, they can collect them in a designated basket or bag. This will make the game enjoyable and interactive in a fun and learning way.

3. Clay Creations

Clay Creations

Clay creations present an exciting opportunity for fostering imagination and creativity in toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten kids. When provided with a moldable material like clay, young minds can explore the depths of their creativity by sculpting an array of shapes and objects. With their little hands immersed in clay, they can bring to life simple geometric forms or venture into more complex and intricate designs, such as animals, buildings, and fantastical creatures. This experience helps young minds develop their artistic skills and cognitive abilities.

4. Puzzle Play

Puzzle Play

Shape puzzles serve as a valuable educational tool to support children in their journey of shape recognition and problem-solving. These puzzles are specifically designed to present young learners with various geometric shapes, encouraging them to identify, differentiate, and match shapes correctly. Gradually, as they engage with the puzzles, they internalize the characteristics of different shapes, such as squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles, building a strong foundation in shape recognition. Shape puzzles are not only a fun and engaging activity but also a valuable educational tool.

5. Mixing Colors

Mixing Colors

Color mixing offers an interactive and captivating way to introduce children to the enchanting world of colors. By starting with the primary colors – red, blue, and yellow -, kids get to grasp the fundamental building blocks of color theory. They learn how these primary colors can be combined to produce a whole spectrum of secondary colors, such as purple, green, and orange. As they dip their brushes or fingers into the vibrant hues and blend them together, they learn about different color combinations. This activity can be done in kindergarten or at home as you encourage the kids to develop an interest in art.

6. Shape Hopping

Shape Hopping

Shape hopscotch adds a playful twist to the classic hopscotch game, combining fun with shape recognition for young learners. Drawing various shapes on the ground, such as circles, squares, triangles, and more, creates a colorful and interactive hopscotch course. Children enthusiastically hop from one shape to another, but instead of merely counting numbers, they call out the names of the shapes they land on. Shape Hopscotch transforms a traditional outdoor pastime into an educational and entertaining activity for children. This can also be done during your visits to the park and even in your home backyard.

7. Color Collages

Color Collages

Color Collages offer a delightful and artistic way for children to explore the world of colors. By providing them with magazines and colored papers, they can embark on a creative journey to craft collages centered around specific colors. Encouraging them to search for images or cut-out shapes in magazines that match the chosen color, they curate a vibrant collection of visuals. This activity provides hands-on experience in color recognition and offers them creative freedom to create their own masterpiece through bits of paper. It also serves as a medium that motivates them to develop a sense of interest in art and craft from the beginning.

8. Sensory Shape Identification

Sensory Shape Identification

Shape Sensory Bin is a captivating and hands-on activity that invites young learners to embark on an adventure. To set up this experience, create a sensory bin with an assortment of differently shaped objects. These objects could include blocks, foam cut-outs, textured shapes, soft plush toys, and even household items. The mix of textures and materials adds an extra dimension to the exploration, stimulating the children’s sense of touch and engagement. Moreover, sensory bins provide a safe space for children to learn through their senses, accommodating various learning styles.

9. Different Color Patterns

Different Color Patterns

To begin, provide an array of colored objects, such as building blocks, beads, or buttons, arranged in a particular sequence of colors. This initial pattern serves as the starting point for the children’s exploration and learning. They are then encouraged to continue the sequence by adding more colored objects in the same pattern. This activity will sharpen their observation and cognitive skills.

10. Blocks Set

Blocks Set

Shape building blocks provide an exciting and hands-on way for children to explore the world of shapes and geometric concepts. Using a set of building blocks, kids can create various shapes, such as squares, triangles, rectangles, circles, and more. Furthermore, this activity nurtures children’s creativity and imagination, as they can go beyond simple shapes and combine blocks to form more complex structures. It also provides an opportunity for collaborative play, as kids can work together to build larger shapes or create imaginative scenarios with their block creations.

11. Different Colored Balloons

Different Colored Balloons

Colorful balloon toss is a fun game that invites children to engage in a delightful challenge. To begin, inflate balloons in a variety of vibrant colors, and scatter them around the play area. Place corresponding color buckets or containers at strategic locations. The objective of the game is for children to toss the balloons into matching color buckets, aiming for accuracy and precision. Moreover, the activity provides a wonderful opportunity for physical exercise and outdoor play, adding a dose of fun to the learning process.

12. Shape I-Spy

Shape I-Spy

Shape I-Spy is a delightful and educational game that sparks children’s curiosity and shape recognition skills. The game is played by prompting kids to identify various shapes that they can see in their surroundings. The facilitator says, “I spy with my eye, something shaped like a…” and then mentions a specific shape, such as a circle, triangle, square, or rectangle. The children then look around and try to find objects or items that match the given shape. This game fosters cognitive development as they mentally associate the named shapes with real-world objects.

13. Colorful Freeze Dance

Colorful Freeze Dance

Colorful Freeze Dance is a lively and dynamic game that combines music, colors, and movement to create an exciting and educational experience for children. To play the game, start by playing upbeat music and encouraging the kids to dance and move freely around the play area. When the music suddenly stops, the facilitator calls out a specific color, and the children must quickly freeze in place, touching an object or item that matches the announced color.

Bingo

Shape and Color Bingo is an engaging and interactive learning game that combines the excitement of Bingo with the exploration of shapes and colors. To play, create Bingo cards featuring a grid of various shapes and colors instead of numbers. Each card is unique, presenting diverse shapes and colors to keep the game stimulating and educational. As the Bingo caller announces combinations of shapes and colors, children eagerly scan their cards, searching for the corresponding matches.

15. VIBGYOR (Rainbow Colors)

VIBGYOR (Rainbow Colors)

This is a colorful and imaginative artistic venture that involves using an array of different colored paints to create captivating artwork inspired by the beauty of rainbows. Children are encouraged to explore their creativity and expression as they mix and blend the paints to form a vibrant spectrum of colors. The process of creating rainbow-themed artwork is an enriching and enjoyable experience for the kids.

16. Shape Hunt

Shape Hunt

Shape Hunt is an exciting and easy activity that kids will love! To play, hide cut-out shapes all around the room or yard. Children can then embark on a fun adventure to find the hidden shapes and identify each one they discover. Whether it’s squares, circles, triangles, or more, the little explorers will use their keen observation skills to spot and name the shapes they find. Shape Hunt is a simple yet engaging way to make learning about shapes enjoyable and interactive for young learners.

17. It’s A Colorful Snack Party

It's A Colorful Snack Party

This is a delightful and simple activity that kids will adore! Prepare an assortment of snacks in various colors, such as red strawberries, orange carrots, green grapes, and yellow cheese cubes. Then, invite the children to sort and eat the snacks according to their colors. Not only does this activity make snack time more fun, but it also promotes color recognition and sorting skills. As they enjoy their tasty treats, they will learn to identify different colors and categorize the snacks accordingly.

18. Shape Stamps

Shape Stamps

This is a fantastic and easy activity that sparks kids’ creativity! Simply provide them with stampers in different shapes like circles, squares, hearts, stars, and more. With an inkpad and blank paper, children can let their imaginations run wild and create their colorful masterpieces. They can stamp the shapes in various patterns, combine different colors, and design their own unique artwork. It offers a delightful way for young artists to explore shapes and colors while expressing themselves through art!

19. Color Memory Game

Color Memory Game

This is a fun and easy game that kids will enjoy playing! To set up, create a set of colored cards with matching pairs. Lay the cards face down in a grid formation. Children take turns flipping two cards at a time, trying to find matching colors. If they find a pair, they get to keep the cards. The game continues until all the pairs are matched.

20. Shape Puppets

Shape Puppets

To get started, help the kids create simple puppets using various shapes and colors. Provide them with cut-outs of shapes like circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles, along with colorful craft materials like markers, glue, and googly eyes. They can let their imagination soar as they design and assemble their unique shape puppets. Once the puppets are ready, kids can have a blast putting on puppet shows and storytelling adventures with their shape characters.

21. Colorful Fruit Salad

Colorful Fruit Salad

This is a delicious and easy activity that kids will love! Gather an assortment of fresh fruits in vibrant colors, such as strawberries, oranges, blueberries, kiwis, and grapes. Then, with adult supervision, let the children wash, peel (if necessary), and cut the fruits into bite-sized pieces. As they work together, they will learn about the various colors and textures of the fruits. Once all the fruits are ready, the kids can mix them together to create a beautiful and nutritious fruit salad bursting with colors.

22. Shape Bubbles

Shape Bubbles

This is an exciting and easy art activity that sparks creativity in kids! To begin, prepare shape cut-outs from paper or cardboard in various forms like circles, squares, stars, and hearts. Dip these shapes into colorful paint and place them on a piece of paper. Using a straw, children can blow bubbles into the paint, creating mesmerizing and unique prints on the paper. Each bubble print becomes a work of art, with colorful shapes blending and swirling together.

23. Nature Walks

Nature Walks

Take the children on a nature walk, encouraging them to explore the natural world around them. As they wander through parks, gardens, or nearby green spaces, ask them to keep an eye out for natural objects in a variety of colors. They can collect vibrant leaves, colorful flowers, stones, or even unique twigs. This hands-on activity connects children with nature and reinforces color recognition as they search for objects of different hues.

24. Shape Play Mats

Shape Play Mats

This game is an imaginative and interactive playtime delight! Create a play mat featuring a vibrant array of different shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, and more. Children can then use their favorite toy cars or animals to explore the exciting world of shapes on the mat. They can drive toy cars along the edges of squares, hop toy animals from one circle to another, or even create fun stories using the shapes as settings. This playful activity not only enhances their shape-recognition skills but also encourages creativity and storytelling.

25. Dress-Up Game

Dress-Up Game

This delightful and easy activity allows children to express their creativity and personal style! Provide a wide array of clothes and accessories in a variety of vibrant colors, and let the children choose outfits based on their favorite colors. Whether it’s a bright red shirt, a sunny yellow dress, a cool blue hat, or a cheerful green scarf, they can mix and match to their heart’s content. This playful activity encourages children to explore their sense of fashion and fosters a connection to colors and their preferences.

26. Shape Cards

Shape Cards

This game offers a hands-on and engaging sensory experience for kids! These cards are designed with various textured shapes that children can touch and explore. They can run their fingers over the cards and feel the different textures of each shape, such as smooth circles, bumpy triangles, soft squares, and more. This provides a fun and educational way for children to learn about shapes.

27. Colorful Water Play

Colorful Water Play

Just add a few drops of food coloring to the water and let the children immerse themselves in the excitement of playing and mixing colors. Provide them with cups, containers, and water toys, and watch as they experiment and create different color combinations. This hands-on experience entertains them and fosters their creativity and understanding of colors. This game offers a delightful way for young ones to have a splashingly good time!

28. Shape Charades

Shape Charades

Shape Charades is a fun and interactive game where players act out various shapes for others to guess. Each player takes turns miming a specific shape without speaking, and the rest of the group tries to guess the shape being portrayed. This lively and engaging activity encourages creativity and communication and reinforces shape recognition as players use their body language and gestures to represent different shapes.

29. Colorful Emotions

Colorful Emotions

Colorful Emotions is a wonderful and creative activity that allows children to explore and express their feelings through art. Start by assigning different emotions to various colors, such as red for anger, blue for sadness, yellow for happiness, and green for calmness. Then, encourage the kids to use these colors to draw and illustrate how they feel at that moment.

30. Math Game: Creating Geometric Shapes

Creating Geometric Shapes

Shape Builders is an engaging and educational math game that revolves around creating geometric shapes. Children are given various colorful geometric pieces, such as triangles, squares, circles, and rectangles. Their task is to use these pieces to construct different shapes on a designated surface or board. This game helps kids develop essential math skills, geometry, and problem-solving.

31. Paper Activities

Paper Activities

This game is all about giving different colored papers to the kids. This can be a group activity where the kids are given the creative freedom to create the shapes of their choice. This enhances their creative abilities and leverages their artistic flair. They can create paper boats, houses, windmills, or cutesy paper monsters.

32. Colorful Hula Hoop Toss

Colorful Hula Hoop Toss

This delightful and active game combines tossing skills with shape recognition. To play, lay hula hoops on the ground, each featuring a different shape drawn inside. Kids are then given beanbags and encouraged to toss them into the corresponding shapes inside the hula hoops. It can be played individually or in teams, fostering a sense of friendly competition and teamwork. It offers a fantastic opportunity for outdoor play and physical activity.

33. Shape-Like Poses

Shape-Like Poses

During the session, children are guided to form various poses that resemble different shapes. They can transform their bodies into triangles, circles, squares, and more, exploring the world of shapes through movement. This activity is helpful in making the children aware of physical fitness, along with offering a learning opportunity for different shapes.

34. Colorful Storytime

Colorful Storytime

This involves reading books with vibrant illustrations that highlight colors and shapes. As children gather around, they are transported to a world of enchantment through colorful imagery. This helps them learn about colors and shapes in a fun and engaging way. This delightful activity fosters a love for reading and sparks children’s creativity. They can explore the world of colors and shapes through stories and captivating illustrations.

35. Colors and Shape Memory Tray

Colors and Shape Memory Tray

Shape and Color Memory Tray is an enjoyable and interactive memory game for kids. To play, place a variety of objects with different shapes and colors on a tray. Let the children carefully study the objects for a short period of time. Then, cover the tray, and ask the kids to recall and name as many objects as they can remember.

36. Outdoor Art

Outdoor Art

Simply gather art supplies, such as paints, markers, colored pencils, and paper, and head outside to an inspiring natural setting. Encourage the children to observe the vibrant colors found in the environment, like the blue sky, green grass, colorful flowers, and more. This art adventure nurtures their creativity and self-expression and fosters an appreciation for the wonders of nature.

37. Fun Handprints

Fun Handprints

With non-toxic paint and a variety of colors, kids can dip their hands into the paint and leave their handprints on paper or canvas. This hands-on experience allows them to explore their creativity and experiment with different color combinations. Colorful Handprints can be adapted for various age groups and settings, making it a perfect activity for playdates, classrooms, or family gatherings. You can even get your little one’s handprints art framed for a lasting memory.

38. Coloring Books

Coloring Books

These specially designed coloring books feature an array of unique and diverse shapes for children to color and decorate. From circles and squares to triangles, stars, and more, each page offers a captivating canvas for young artists to express their imagination and artistic flair. You can get a wide array of coloring books for the little ones to help them navigate through different shapes and colors in an interesting way.

39. Colorful Ball Toss

Colorful Ball Toss

This fun and interactive game brings a burst of color and excitement to playtime! Set up different bins; each assigned a specific color. Children are then given colorful balls, and their task is to toss the balls into the corresponding containers based on their colors. It offers a fantastic opportunity for outdoor play and physical activity, making it an enjoyable way for children to stay active while learning about colors in a playful manner.

40. Shapes With Colorful Chalks

Shapes With Colorful Chalks

With a box of vibrant and colorful chalk in hand, children can take their imagination outdoors and draw a world filled with shapes and colors on the ground or chalkboard. They can create vivid shapes with the help of these colorful chalks. This activity will offer them a learning opportunity in a fun way. They can make circles, triangles, squares, hearts, and rectangles- the possibilities are endless!

Final Thoughts

Last but not least, recognizing shapes helps toddlers understand the world around them, as shapes are the building blocks of objects they encounter daily. Learning colors, on the other hand, enhances their visual perception and communication skills. By sharing their discoveries and collaborating during playtime, toddlers build important communication and socialization skills.

However, shape and color activities for toddlers are crucial for their holistic development to make learning enjoyable and ensure a lifelong love for exploration and discovery.

These activities form an essential part of early childhood education, empowering toddlers to navigate their world with confidence and curiosity.

Sarah Nguyen

Sarah Nguyen is a passionate advocate for early childhood education. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Manchester. Sarah's career has spanned over two decades in various roles, including preschool teacher, curriculum developer, and child development researcher. She is an acknowledged figure for her practical insights and evidence-based approach through her writing and has helped parents and educators understand the crucial stages of early development. Outside her professional life, Sarah is an avid reader and enjoys exploring the British countryside with her family.

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