Shapes preschool lesson plans
Let the children use shape stamps or sponges to create an art project.
Have the children cut out shapes from construction paper and glue them onto a piece of paper.
Pick one shape (we will use circles in this example). Cut a big circle out of construction paper. Have the children cut smaller circles from construction paper and glue to the bigger circle.
Cut a big circle out of construction paper. Have the children use bingo dabbers on the circle shape.
Place glue on a piece of paper in the shape of the desired shape. Have the children place glitter, colored rice or kool aid on the glue.
Contact Paper Art
You will need a picture of a shape. Place the image on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the image. Supply the children with scraps of construction paper to tissue paper. Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper.
Place masking tape on a piece of finger painting paper to create the shape of your choice. Allow the child to paint the picture. After the paint had dried remove the tape.
Place glue on a piece of paper in shape of the desired shape. Have the children place cotton balls on the paper.
Cut shapes from paper doilies or sandpaper. Tape these shapes to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the shapes and rub a crayon over the letter.
Shaving Cream Shapes
Add a drop of food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a white piece of paper. The children can finish by making a few shapes in the cream.
Variation, add glue to this mixture to create a puffy paint look.
Shaped Potato Prints
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a shape cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.
Supply the children with shaped beads and yarn. You child also have the children cut out shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.
Pom Pom Caterpillar (circles)
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Supply the children with many pom poms to glue together to make a caterpillar. Add pipe cleaner legs and wiggly eyes.
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Supply the children with many different circles to glue onto a piece of paper to make a caterpillar. Have the children draw on the legs and facial features or use yarn for the legs.
Squares and rectangles tessellate, they can be placed next to each other with no gaps. Show the children the tile on the floor or ceiling, ask them to make a similar picture with square pieces of construction paper.
Have the children use shape cookie cutters on their playdoh.
Torn Paper Shapes Collage
Pick one shape (we will use circles in this example). Cut a big circle out of construction paper. Have the children tear pieces of construction paper and glue them to the bigger circle.
Cut out shapes from white paper and add some finger paint, and let your child paint the shape.
Paper Plate Shaker (circles)
Take two sturdy paper plates. (The stronger the better) Place some shape seeds on one of the plates and place the other plate on top of the first so that both eating surface areas are facing each other. Use masking tape to seal the plates together. Have your child decorate with markers, glitter, construction paper, or ribbons. When dry, shake. Shake to music, shake it each time you take a step. Shake, Shake Shake!!!
Games, Math and Science
Place matching shapes on two index cards. Have the children find the matches. To make the game more difficult, you may vary the color of the shapes. So you have a pair of red circles and a pair of blue circles and so on.
Cut out three to five different sized circles (or whatever shaped you would like to use) Set them on a table and ask your child to arrange the shapes according to size. For younger children, you can just start with two shapes and ask which is the smallest.
Cut colored poster board into different shapes and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.
Bean Bag Toss
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. Cut One or two shapes out of the cardboard. Paint the cardboard. When dry let the children throw bean bags through the holes.
Cut out large shapes from colored paper (shelf liner works REALLY well). Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one letter to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.
Create your own bingo cards and call letters for a bingo game.
Provide the children with many shaped items to sort.
Shape Fishing Game
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of the string. Cut and laminate many different colored, and sized shapes from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip to each shape. Spread the shapes on the floor and let your child try to catch the shapes. Have them try to catch the red shape.. or the biggest shape. For a twist, label the shapes with letters or numbers. Ask the children to catch a specific shape, or ask them which shape they caught.
The following games require you to cut out many different shapes from construction paper. You may choose to laminate these shapes so they last longer.
Cut out many different sized shapes. Ask the children to line up the shapes from largest to smallest.
Cut out ten shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the shapes from one to ten.
Ask the children to sort the shapes by color.
Ask the children to sort the shapes by size.
Shape Hide and Seek
Have all the children hide their eyes while you "hide" a shape in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to find the shape, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to hide the shape.
Shape Hide and Seek
Play the game the same as above, except hide the shape. Then tell the children individually whether they are "hot" or "cold" to the relation of the shape. Allow the other children to have a chance to hide the shape, and tell children whether they are "hot or cold". It may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you play this game.
Circle or Square Cereal
Make your own pretzels and shape them however you would like.
Mold rolls or biscuits into shapes before baking.
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make the dough. Use desired shaped cookie cutter, bake. When cool decorate as desired.