30+ Fun Educational Shape Activities for Kids

These shape crafts and shape activities for kids will help you get your creative juices flowing while teaching your kids about shape recognition, patterning, symmetry, and other geometry-related concepts! Toddlers and preschoolers love to play with shapes, and this selection of fun shape activities is an easy way for them to develop their creativity and learn the basics of geometry in a fun, hands-on way.

Shape activities

These shape activities for toddlers and preschoolers are perfect for the classroom or home. You'll find sensory shape activities, shape art, shape crafts, and even a handful of holiday shape activities to try when Halloween and Christmas come around. 

Teach kids to identify circles, ovals, triangles, rectangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, hearts, stars, and plenty of other basic shapes.  Let's get going!


Shape Activities

These shape activities include fun games to play, art to make, sensory ideas, pattern blocks, and so many more ways to explore and play with shapes. You'll find lots of great ideas to keep your kids engaged with early geometry concepts.

Shape activities for toddlers and preschoolers

2D Shape Activity

With popsicle sticks and playdough, you can make loads of fantastic shapes in this 2d shape activity. Plus, adding the letter tiles helps children recognize the word for each shape and how it's spelled in a fun way.

2D shape activity


Circle Art Painting

Practice making circles in different sizes with our circle art painting ideas for toddlers. It's super easy to set up. Just grab some circular objects in various sizes, such as lids or cans, and a few colors of washable paint to get started.

Circle painting - shape art for toddlers and preschoolers


Kandinsky Shape Art

Encourage your toddlers and preschoolers to explore colors, shapes, and the work of a renowned artist with our educational Kandinsky shape art activity. Paint sticks or gel crayons work well for this activity, but feel free to explore any mediums your child may be interested in.

Kandinsky shape art - shape activities for toddlers and preschoolers


2D Shape Painting

Practice 2D shape painting with empty toilet paper rolls! Shape the cardboard tubes into hearts, circles, squares, and triangles, and provide lots of different paint colors. Your toddler or preschooler will create a shape masterpiece in no time.

2D shape painting activity for toddlers and preschoolers


Road Shape Mats

Learning shapes just got a lot more fun. Any kid who loves toy cars will have a blast with these road shape mats from Preschool Play and Learn. Print the shapes and laminate them so they'll hold up better to tough play.

We also have shape roads available as part of our alphabet, number, and road shape bundle

Road shape activity


Pattern Block Mats

Although these pattern block mats from Little Ladoo have a fun summer theme, your child can enjoy them all year long. Little ones will use the pattern blocks and each template to make a boat, sun, fish, crab, ice cream, and more. Put the pages in sheet protectors in a binder for a great quiet-time activity that's educational and fun.

Pattern block mats - easy shape activities for kids


Masking Tape Shapes Activity

It's time to get into the floor for a little shape-themed fun! Kids can play with these masking tape shapes by Home with Hollie in so many ways! Put Legos along the lines, drive toy cars around each shape, or walk their fingers along each one.

Masking tape shape activity for kids


Farm Themed Shape Mats

Use play dough, dot markers, cereal pieces, and other manipulatives to mark the dots that form the shapes on these adorable farm-themed shape mats from Look, We're Learning. Preschoolers can build fine motor skills while working on shape recognition.

Farm themed shape mats - Shape activities for toddlers and preschoolers


Wooden Shape Puzzles

Make some DIY wooden shape puzzles for the kids to play with. These shape puzzle blocks are durable and will last ages! It's super easy using some scrap wood that you have stored away from other projects. You could also grab some small wooden tiles or coasters to use for this project from In the Playroom if you don't have scrap wood on hand.

DIY wooden puzzle shapes


Shape Hunt

Go on a shape hunt! This activity from Teaching Ideas encourages kids to get up and move. It's perfect for a group of kids in the classroom or at home. You can tape shapes up all around the school or your home or have kids try to find the "shapes" in everyday objects like a clock, a tv, a drawer, etc.

shape hunt - fun shape activities for kids


Shape Slime

This shape slime from Pockets of Preschool is sure to be a hit in your home or classroom. It's stretchy, squishy, and oh-so-fun! Make sure to use clear glue to get a crystal clear slime that makes it easy to spot the shapes.

shape slime - shape activities for kids


DIY Cardboard Shape Puzzle

Make a DIY cardboard shape puzzle using cardboard and recycled juice bottle caps. Your toddler will ask to play with it again and again! This puzzle from Barley and Birch is just as fun as the wooden puzzles, but for a tiny fraction of the price.

DIY cardboard shape puzzle - shape craft ideas


I Spy Shapes Book

This I Spy shapes book from Parenting Chaos is perfect for kids who are struggling with learning their shapes. It helps them focus on one shape at a time. Not only can you work on shape identification, but also spelling the shape words as well.

I spy shapes book - shape activity ideas


Marshmallow STEM Shape Activity

Get in some science and a sweet snack with this shapes marshmallow STEM activity from Home with Hollie. Preschoolers look at each shape and try to build it using toothpicks and mini marshmallows. Younger children can start with simple shapes like triangles, squares, and rectangles, while older children can create stars, hexagons, and more.

shapes marshmallows - STEM shape activity

You could use our marshmallow and toothpick shape 2D shape printables to guide your shape building! 

Marshmallow and toothpick shape activity


Shape Bubble Wands

Get crafty and make some shape bubble wands and then head outdoors for an afternoon of blowing bubbles. They'll love this activity from Go Science Kids. Ask the children what shape they think the bubbles will be before they start blowing them. 

Shape bubble wands - shape activities for kids


Touch and Find Shape Game

How fun is this shape touch and find game by Pink Stripey Socks? You can make the shapes out of any old cardboard you have lying about and put them all in a paper bag for a shake-up. When your child pulls one from the bag, ask them to identify the shape, the angles, the sides, etc. This simple activity works for toddlers through first graders.

shape game for kids


Shape Sensory Bottle

Play shape hide and seek with one of these shape sensory bottles by Pocket of Preschool. There are three different versions to choose from, or you can come up with your own design. Add them to your math center in the classroom or at home. The idea is to encourage the kids to turn, flip, twist, shake, and move the bottle around to find as many shapes as possible.

shape sensory bottle


Pet-Themed Shape Playdough Mats

These shape playdough mats from Fantastic Fun and Learning have a fun pet theme that any young child will enjoy! Fill the bowl with pet food in the shape of circles, triangles, etc.

shape playdough mats


Shape Crafts

The section below includes several shape crafts to help kids explore shapes through arts and crafts. From shape monsters to ocean animals to rockets, you're sure to find something that will interest your crafty child.


Under the Sea Shape Craft

Our under the sea shape craft is a colorful, fun shape craft. It's the perfect activity to make as part of an ocean unit at home or in the classroom. Did you know you can make so many cute sea creatures with simple shapes like circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, and semi-circles?

Under the sea shape craft


Shape Monsters Craft

Our shape monsters allow kids to mix and match their photos with circles, triangles, squares, and more to create adorable little monsters. Mix and match different colors, various shapes, and facial expressions to make an endless number of monsters using our handy printables.

Monster shape craft for preschoolers


Woodland Animal Shape Craft

These woodland animal shape crafts are simple to make using our templates. You can make a bear, fox, and raccoon. They would be fun to make for an animal or woodland-themed project. 

woodland animal shape craft for kids

Shape Buddies

These cute shape buddies from 123 Homeschool 4 Me are perfect for toddlers through kindergarteners and are a fun and engaging way to learn about and play with different shapes. All you need is paper, googly eyes, and a marker to build lots of shape buddies with your little ones. It's a low prep activity that kids, parents, and teachers will love.

Shape craft for toddlers


Rocket Shape Craft

Ready to blast off into a cute craft with your kids? Toddlers and preschoolers will love building their very own rockets made with simple shapes that are easy for little hands to cut. This rocket shape craft from Simple Everyday Mom is perfect for a space-themed unit study in the classroom. With construction paper, scissors, and glue, you're all set to get started.

Rocket shape craft for kids


Owl Shape Craft

Whooooo wouldn't love this adorable owl shape craft from Kids' Craft Room? It's bright, beautiful, and so fun to make! Each owl is made of 11 different geometric shapes, so it's an excellent way for kids to explore both shapes and color.

Owl shape craft


Sponge Geometric Art

Cut sponges into different shapes for this fun and easy sponge geometric art from The Craft Train. Make houses, tall buildings, stars, the sun, a road, and so much more. Kids can make a village out of their sponge stamps.

Sponge geometric art - shape crafts for kids


Holiday Shape Crafts and Activities

When the holiday season rolls around (basically October through December), you'll want to pull out a few of these holiday shape activities. Make shape bats, shape turkeys, or shape Christmas trees to keep with the season's festivities.

Shape activities for kids


Bat Shape Craft

This bat shape craft is the perfect non-spooky craft to make with little ones this Halloween. They'll make terrific decorations for the classroom as well or for your Halloween party at home.

Bat shape craft for toddlers and preschoolers


Vampire Shape Craft

These shape vampires from Kids' Craft Room go along perfectly with our shape bats above. The vampire is made of nine different shapes like triangles, circles, pentagons, hexagons, etc. Even older children can learn a little about shapes with this spooky craft.

Vampire shape craft for kids


Shape Turkeys

Get ready for Thanksgiving or the holidays with this adorable shape turkey craft. The turkey's bodies are different shapes, as are their tail feathers. Kids will love the bright colors, too.

Shape turkey craft for kids


Pumpkin Shape Matching

Pumpkins come in all sorts of fun shapes with this fun pumpkin shape matching game from Kindergarten Worksheets and Games. Your toddler can practice matching pumpkins all through October and November.

Pumpkin shape matching game


Shape Christmas Tree

When Christmas is on the way, this shape Christmas tree craft is just what you need to entertain the kids during their break from school. You only need paper, scissors, and glue to make it, so it's super easy and inexpensive. It would make an adorable card to send to a family member, too.

Shape Christmas tree craft


Santa Shape Craft

Santa's on his way to help your kids learn their shapes! This Santa shape craft from Non-Toy Gifts is a cute change of pace from the regular Santa crafts because it teaches geometry while keeping with the festive theme. 

Santa shape craft for kids

Shape Printables

We have many shape printables available in the Messy Little Monster printable shop if you are looking for low-prep, simple shape activities. Here are just a few of our favorites. 

Shape Hunt

Can you find these shapes around the house? This is such a fun activity to do with toddlers and preschoolers. Simply print out the shape hunt worksheets and see if you can find the matching shapes in your house. 

Shape hunt printable

Shape Playdough Mats

These shape playdough mats are great for toddlers and preschoolers learning to recognize and draw shapes. Print the shape playdough mats out, laminate them for prolonged use, and then use playdough to create the shapes. These mats could also be used with drywipe markers for children wanting to use a marker to draw the shapes. 

Printable shape playdough mats

Shape Coloring Activity

Spot and color the shapes to complete the picture! How fun are these shape coloring pages. There are three different pages to color, a shape house, a shape butterfly and a shape rocket. 

Shape coloring activity for kids

Feed the Monster Shape Game

This feed the monster shape game is a lot of fun! Read the cards and feed the monster something shaped like the named shape. You could even attach the monster printable to a cardboard box and cut out the mouth so it looks like the monster is eating the shapes! 

Feed the monster shape game

Printable Shape Crafts

Our printable shape crafts are fun and easy to prep. They make great shape activities for toddlers and preschoolers working on scissor skills as well as shape recognition. Each shape craft comes with all the shapes needed and a small image of what the completed shape craft should look like. 

We have 3 different sets of shape crafts to choose from, transportation shape crafts, 

Printable Transportation Shape Crafts

There are 10 different transportation shape crafts included in this pack. There is everything from a rocket, to a car, to a ship!  

Transportation shape crafts

Printable Animal Shape Crafts

There are 12 different animal shape crafts included in this pack. This set of colorful animals includes a cat, dog and fish alongside many other animals. 

Printable animal shape crafts

Printable Dinosaur Shape Crafts

There are 10 different dinosaur shape crafts included in this pack. Have fun making various different dinosaurs from shapes. 

Printable dinosaur shape crafts

How to Draw Shape Animals

Learn how to draw shape animals using this fun set of printables. These step by step drawings will teach you bhow to draw 10 different animals using various different shapes as a starting point. 

How to draw shape animals

We hope you have a lot of fun with these fun shapes crafts and shape activities for toddlers and preschoolers! Don't forget to pin this post to save it for later.

Shape crafts and shape activities for preschool and toddlers

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