What is an Oval? - Definition & Shapes

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Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

In this lesson, you will learn what an oval is, the properties of an oval, and the many things around you in the shape of an oval. Now, let's go have some fun and learn all about an oval!


Have you ever heard of the shape called an oval? An oval has the form, shape, or outline of an egg. Imagine for a minute picking up your favorite ball and squeezing it between your hands. The shape you would see would be an oval. If you were to keep your ball in that shape, it would no longer roll evenly or throw as smoothly due to its uneven curves and awkward, semi-round egg shape.


Every shape has properties, such as sides, corners, and faces, which are the flat shapes you can see and trace on an object.

For example:

  • A square has 4 sides, 4 corners, and a square face
  • A rectangle has 4 sides, 4 corners, and a rectangle face

An oval has no straight sides and no corners, but it does have 1 face, which can be traced or seen as a flat shape when looking at it.

Oval Shapes

There are many shapes around you that are oval. Look around your house for things that are shaped like an egg. You might be surprised to realize that an oval was right in front of you and you didn't even know it.

For instance, you might have an oval rug or an oval ring with an oval gem in the middle of it. Maybe when you wake up in the morning, you look at yourself with your oval eyes in an oval-shaped mirror. You could even eat your breakfast and yummy ice cream with an oval shape. Can you guess what that is?

Yes, it's a spoon, and if you look closely, you can see the oval shape in it.

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