It’s about that time of the year….for us anyway…to introduce & reinforce 2D & 3D shapes (concepts and ideas). Does that hold true for you, too? Shape identification and geometrical language are always among my favorite concepts/skills to teach. Hands-on and engaging and so many connections to the real world! And for our kids, shapes are tangible. They can feel real world shapes. They can play with them. They can even identify shapes in the environment around them. Shapes are EVERYWHERE! And shapes are among the earliest objects they learn, recognize, and identify (thank you, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and every Disney and Nick Jr. toddler show on air :)
While these concepts and skills are familiar to our babies…and while me may think “they’ve got it”…we need to make sure we “dig deep” and ensure that our kids not only have a strong sense of understanding, but that they are able to proficiently use geomtetrical language and easily & efficiently apply the learned skills.
Today I just wanted to share with you a few activities I loved using in my classroom. Activities that are hands-on and engaging…activities that encourage our kids to explore, learn, reinforce, and use geometrical language. Activities, in my opinion, that are just plain fun!
First up, let’s talk about one of the core concepts when teaching these skills and concepts. Composing Shapes.
This is a great example of an interactive anchor chart from The Controlled Chaos Classroom that I would use with my students to introduce this concept.

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I love interactive anchor charts. I love giving kids the opportunity to not only learn, but teach their peers at the same time.
These are a great set of FREE composing shapes activity cards from my friend, Susan, over at Thank God, It’s First Grade. These cards are perfect for centers or fast finisher activities and give kids repeated opportunities to practice composing shapes. And we all know that when our kids can manipulate tangible objects learning becomes more concrete and connections are made that help them to remember and apply what they learn.

Speaking of tangible objects, I love to incorporate any type of tactile material into my lessons and independent activities so that my kids have opportunities to explore hands-on learning with a variety of materials….just something to make learning more concrete.

These are my go-to hands-on materials for learning. Many of them are perfect for composing both 2D and 3D shapes. And if you haven’t figured out a way these materials can be used in your instruction, just ask your kids….they always have ideas!
While we’re on the subject of both 2D and 3D shapes, let’s talk about something celebratory. At the end of each unit, I like to celebrate with food. If you know me at all, this shouldn’t surprise you one bit. Food is my love language


A Shape Buffet can be implemented as a simple, “Fill your plate with 1 food item of each shape” OR you can fill your celebration with a few educational activities, too.
Fill a giant bowl full of both 2D & 3D shaped food objects. Prompt students to scoop a cup of food objects and sort into 2D & 3D shape categories and graph.
Fill a giant bowl full of either 2D or 3D shaped food items. Prompt students to scoop a cup of food items and sort into differnt shape categories (example: scoop a cup of 2D shape food items and sort into circle, square, triangle, etc.) Graph results.
Scoop a cup full of food items and count the total amount scooped. Find a friend who scooped more/less/same.

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Scoop a cup full of both 2D & 3D shaped food items. Sort into 2D & 3D groups. Count the total amount of 2D shape food items and record the number. Count the total amount of 3D shaped food items and record the number. Add the two numbers together and write the total sum. Count the total amount of food items scooped to double check the answer.
This collection of 2D & 3D shape activities are perfect for everything from whole group to partner work. The activities are engaging and hands-on and are kid & teacher tested and approved