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Shape Games for Kids

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Geometry is all around us, but learning all the shapes and their names can be tedious. Keep reading for fun games that help students learn their shapes, and see some additional resources for studying foundational geometry.

The Shape of Things

Play a new version of 'I Spy' by finding different shapes around the room, and inviting students to spot the classroom object with that same shape. To add challenge to this game, distinguish between 2D and 3D shapes, and include size or color when spying shapes.

Categories with Shapes

Have students write a list of different categories, such as foods, school supplies, or household objects. Then name a shape, and have them write down something in each category that comes in that shape. Play as many rounds as you like, and compare answers after every round!

Make the Shape

Divide students into groups of four or five, and assign each group a different polygon. Task each group with using their bodies to make each shape, and they must include all group members in each shape sculpture. Then have a Shape Museum, where students can walk around and see the shapes created by other groups.

Shapes Bingo

Give each student a bingo card with different objects in each square. Then, call out shapes. If students have an object on their card that corresponds to the shape called, they can mark it off. The goal of the game is to be the first to mark off all the squares on your card.

Air Shapes

Split the class into pairs, and have students take turns drawing shapes in the air. The student that isn't drawing will guess what shape is being drawn. Whichever student guesses more shapes correctly wins!

Geometry Resources

In addition to having fun with shape games, check out these helpful courses for kids with introductory lessons in geometry and quizzes to help them master shapes.

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