2D shapes for kindergarten: Hands-on activities to learn about 2D shapes and their properties. These fun math centers will keep students engaged and playing with shapes.
We like to use easy, hands-on activities to practice different math concepts. When teaching about 2D shapes, it’s important to give your students some time to manipulate, compose and decompose the shapes, and experiment with their properties.
Here are some of the centers we did to practice 2D Shapes:
Spin and Build
Students used the spinner, then built the 2D shape they landed on. This was great for practicing how many sides and vertices each shape has.
We put this center out for a few days, and we added different materials: craft sticks, mini craft sticks, Wikki Stix, craft dowels.
This was a huge hit with our students, and they were able to explore and learn about 2D shapes without even realizing how much they were learning!
2D Shape Game
For this activity, students roll a dice and move along the outside edge of the board game. They must cover whichever shape they land, then roll again. They keep going until they have covered up all the shapes.
This game is great for shape recognition! You could have students play this individually or in pairs.
Spin and Cover
Another great activity to practice shape recognition is this spin and cover center. Students use the spinner, then cover whichever shape they landed on.
Roll and Make
Students roll a dice, then add that pattern block to their picture. They can keep rolling and building until they finish their picture. This was a great activity for shape recognition and allowed students to be creative at the same time!
more math activities
If you are looking for 3D Shape centers, take a look at Teaching 3D Shapes in Kindergarten. For more math strains, I have blog posts that share hands-on and engaging centers:
If you are interested in seeing how I do centers, read My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers. It answers all the most asked questions that I get about my classroom.
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