Learning shapes isn’t just about teaching your child how to draw a circle or square. When we look closely enough, we may recognize just how many shapes occur naturally in the world around us. Not just in math, but also in reading, science, and art!
Learning shapes not only helps children identify and organize visual information, it helps them learn skills in other curriculum areas including reading, math, and science.
For example, an early step in understanding numbers and letters is to recognize their shape. Learning shapes also helps children understand other signs and symbols. A fun way to help your child learn shapes is to make a shape hunt game.
Cut a shape out of paper and have fun searching your house or neighborhood for objects that match that shape. Or, gather a number of different objects, and help your toddler sort them into piles according to shape.
Why Learning Shapes Matters
As we mentioned, shapes are all around us. If you do a quick glance around the room you’re currently sitting in, we bet you could identify a handful of shapes within a matter of seconds.
For a young preschooler, learning shapes can be incredibly helpful by offering an early step to understanding how numbers and objects relate to one another.
Pre-k math will show kids how easy it is to count the number of sides of a single shape to get a handle on applying concrete counting skills to a visual object.