Awareness of shapes (1 - 3 year olds)

We have lots of different shapes in our homes and play areas - so why not learn about them?


Home Learning

You will need

  • Masking tape
  • Different shaped toys from around the house.

What to do

On a space on the floor, or any flat surface, use masking tape to make a series of shapes (triangle, square, rectangle, etc). Then, encourage the child to arrange their toys according to the shapes.

If you start with a number of toys that have an obvious shape to them, you can build on this by making a treasure hunt. Select a category of item or room, and encourage them to find shapes from there as well (e.g. shapes found in the living room or kitchen).

Masking tape square on the floor

Learning outcomes

  • Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects
  • Shows awareness of similarities of shapes in the environment
  • Shows interest in shapes in the environment
  • Selects a particular named shape

Ask your child

  • What shapes are these?
  • What shape do you think it is?
  • Can you find anything else that is this shape?