Puzzling Shapes

Piece the parts back into a geometric whole.
By Risa Young

Ages

3-4

child playing with shape sorter

What you need:

  • large geometric shapes cut from oak tag paper or poster board; you can also use these printable templates
  • markers
  • crayons
  • rubber stamps and stickers
  • scissors
  • clear contact paper
  • reclosable plastic bags (gallon-size)

What to do:

  1. Give your child the cut-out shapes and ask him to identify them, one by one.
  2. Set out the art materials and invite him to decorate the shapes. Then cover his finished work with clear contact paper.
  3. Explain that you will make the shapes into puzzles by cutting each shape into two or three pieces. Work with your child to divide his shapes into three sections and help with the cutting.
  4. Now see if he can put his geometric shapes back together. Then put each reconstructed shape in a labeled reclosable bags and return to the puzzles another day.
Shapes
Problem Solving
Cognitive Skills
Arts & Crafts Printables
Spatial Reasoning
Self-Expression
Math
Motor Skills
Creativity
Logic and Reasoning
Craft Activities
Fine Motor Skills
Age 4
Age 3
Early Learning
Math
Geometry
Arts and Crafts