Shapes for 3-5 year olds

Bibi here!  Aren’t shapes interesting?  They can be found in so many places.  Circles and squares, triangles, and even stars and hexagons.  My wings are like triangles, and my body is a long oval.  You can draw me if you wish!  Is your face more like an oval, or a circle, or even a square?  Look in a mirror and see.  Let’s look for shapes around us, in the world, and in a book!

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Books to Read Together 

Here are some books to read together! You can download and save them and keep them forever, to read again and again. Discussion questions are available for each book.

Count the Shapes

  • What shapes did you see in the story?
  • What shapes do you see in your room?


  • What is a 3D shape?
  • What 3D shape is a party hat?

The Shape Song

  • What shape is a bicycle wheel?
  • How many points does a star have?

Formas Aqui, Formas Aya!

  • ¿Cómo hicieron al hombre durmiendo?
  • ¿Cuál es tu forma favorita?

La Canción de Formas

  • ¿De qué forma es la bicicleta?
  • ¿Cuántos puntos tiene una estrella?

Carreras con la Pelota

  • ¿Cuáles formas no pueden rodar?
  • ¿quién ganó la carrera?

Un Pastel Grande

  • ¿Cuatos piezas cortaron el pastel?
  • ¿Quién come el pastel?

Things to Do Together

Talk/Write: Name as many shapes as you can! Can your child draw these shapes on a piece of paper?

Create: Now go on a shape hunt – take a walk around your house/yard/neighborhood and see how many shapes you can find. If you take the piece of paper with you, you can record what you see for each shape.

Create: Make shapes using different materials – straws, sticks, q-tips, etc.

Draw: Spray a small amount of shaving cream into your hand then spread it out on a table or surface. Let your child use their finger to draw as many shapes as they can. This is a great tactile experience for the child and easy to clean!

Ways to Move Together

  • Collect items and see if your child can sort them according to their shape – use lids, balls, buttons, dice, wooden blocks etc. 
  • What shapes can you make with your body? Try it out.
  • If you have sidewalk chalk, draw different shapes and have your child walk along the lines. Count the sides as you walk around the shape and talk about how many corners the shape has. 

Share Together

At the end of the week, reflect on what you read and what you did.

  • I learned that I could tell the wind is blowing using my senses.
  • Did you learn any new words?

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Shapes for 3-5 year olds
Week 33 Shapes Card Ages 3-5 (1)
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