Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Activities for practicing shape comparison and analysis

It's Wednesday, and here at Preschool Ponderings, that means time to focus on the standards.  Every Wednesday I choose an Early Learning Standard and share a number of activities that can be aligned with that particular standard.  Remember, the Standards that I use every day, and am most comfortable with are Ohio's Early Learning Development Standards - you can review them here, however I've found that even if your State's standards differ, many of these activities can still be aligned similarly. I've rounded up some great ideas today!

Domain: Mathematics
Strand: Geometry
Topic: Analyze, Compare, and Create Shapes

This standard encourages students to look at shapes critically.  Children should be able to recognize that two triangles, which are different sizes and colors, are both still triangles. It also asks children to combine two shapes to make new, larger shapes. In addition, children should be able to draw shapes, build them with blocks, and create different shapes as they play.  Here are some great ideas for meeting this standard; 

Use shape cut outs to build dinosaurs (or robots, or bugs, or ...)

Make "Can you build it?" cards for your block area

All of these can be used with students working on this standard, or the simpler recognize and identify shapes standard, making them great activities for working with children at different ability levels.  


  1. Those "Can you build it" cards are a great idea!

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    1. We've used them a number of times with great success, the children love them!