Looking for a shape game to help your child remember the basic shapes? Try this one!
Today’s game is the first of a new series between This Reading Mama and me! We’re sharing a 6-week summer series for kids entering kindergarten through second grade. I’m using these games with both my Five and my Six, who are headed off to kindergarten and first grade in the fall. Sometimes their big sister (an upcoming third grader) joins in the fun, too!
Print & Play Series
We’re calling our series Print & Play. Because guess what?
No cutting, no laminating, and no color ink required! Just print and play!
Each Tuesday, you’ll find a math game on my site. Each Thursday, This Reading Mama will share a literacy game.
Bonus: Many of our games are designed for one player, so your child can work independently!
In the download you’ll find three versions of the game. This is the simpler one because it includes just five different shapes.
After your child lands on a shape, he names it and fills in a space on the accompanying graph. Which shape will win?
At the end of the game, look at the graph together. Which shape did he land on the most? The least? How many more triangles did he land on than circles? How many ovals and circles did he land on altogether?
My Five (entering kindergarten soon) could answer the basic graph questions, but he didn’t understand what I meant by “how many more triangles than circles.” When it became clear this wasn’t a concept he was ready for, we moved on.
I printed the advanced version for my Six, who is entering first grade. In addition to the basic shapes on the simple version, the advanced version also includes the hexagon, octagon, pentagon and rhombus. Also, the game board is longer and demands a longer attention span.
(Tip! If you want to make the game even harder, print the version without the words labeling each shape. Your child will have to rely on the appearance of the shapes rather than the printed words when finding the matching shape on the graph. This may mean counting the sides on the pentagon, hexagon, and octagon.)
My Eight (entering third grade) thought the game looked like fun and asked me to print a graph for her, too. She actually played several times through so she could fill up the entire graph!
Later in the week, I bought some new clip art and decided to make another version with 3-D shapes.
My Eight played through a game, but informed me that “I already knew most of these shapes, Mom.”
Have fun with these!