Inside: Free printable shapes worksheets perfect for toddlers or preschoolers.
These free printable shapes worksheets have a lot to offer if your little one is ready to learn about shapes.
Because preschoolers are usually expected to recognize basic shapes by the time they enter kindergarten, helping them mastering this skill is essential.
So whether your toddler is only starting to learn her shapes or your preschooler needs some more practice, these printable shapes worksheets are fun and playful to work with.
Plus, they are quick and easy to print, and perfect ready-to-go shapes activities you can easily do with your toddler or preschooler at home.
Just let your child color the different shapes, trace the shapes, search & find, look for two matching shapes or trace the dots.
Plus I’ve recently updated this post and added seven more coloring shapes worksheets for your convenience.
See more shapes & tracing activities here:
- Cut and paste shapes activities
- Easter eggs and shapes tracing worksheets
- Worksheets and activities for teaching shapes to preschoolers
- Shapes and their names practice sheets
- Cats with funny hats – shapes matching worksheets
- Tracing circles worksheets for preschoolers
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Why shape recognition matters
If you are wondering what shapes should a preschooler know or why is teaching shapes important in such a young age, read on!
The ability to recognize shapes helps children to build a solid foundation for future reading, writing, math, and overall cognitive development.
Reading. When children are able to notice the differences among various shapes, they are very well on their way to spot the diverse shapes of letters and numbers.
Writing. By tracing shapes, children practice different curves and lines that we typically find in letters. It is no wonder then that plenty of shape tracing practice will boost your child’s ability to learn to write. She will also strengthen her fine motor skills and gain a strong pencil grip.
Critical thinking. By comparing shapes and their characteristics, children can practice problem-solving and critical thinking. Playing shape sorting games, building puzzles, or doing cut and paste activities all help your child to observe and solve a shape-related problem.
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Free printable shapes worksheets
My printable shapes worksheets are the perfect go-to resource whenever you’re learning about shapes with your little one.
Just print them one at a time or all at once and have numerous shapes activities ready to go.
And make sure to let your child play around with them, choose her own colors to color them in, etc.
Let her have fun and don’t worry if she doesn’t find all the right answers. You can always come back and print them out again.
Tracing shapes worksheets
My tracing shapes worksheets are designed with young learners in mind. Most of the shapes are large and easy enough to keep toddler’s or preschooler’s attention.
As I mentioned earlier, tracing shapes is a building block for future writing. When children practice tracing lines and curves in different shapes, they are preparing to learn to write their letters and numbers.
So before you add any number or letter tracing activities, give your child enough opportunities for tracing shapes first.
With my worksheets, children will practice tracing these basic shapes: triangle, square, circle, rectangle, star, oval, and diamond (rhombus).
Most recently, I decided to add a few more pages to my shape tracing worksheets.
Here are the latest shape tracing worksheets:
- Trace and copy shapes
- Finish drawing the incomplete shapes
You can have a look below.
Matching shapes is a great activity to encourage observation skills and problem-solving.
Especially in the house activity, children have to spot shapes within shapes. Gently encourage your child to look at the “big” shapes and “small” shapes to spot them all.
Cut out the shapes worksheet
To practice scissor skills, have your child use safety scissors to cut out these shapes. She can color them in for extra fun too.
Shapes coloring pages pdf
Next is a set of tracing and coloring shapes worksheets for recognizing circles to rectangles, ovals, and diamonds. There is a total of seven pages!
These coloring pages full of shapes are a lot of fun to do. At least my two preschoolers love them. Spotting the right shapes and coloring them in gives them a great sense of accomplishment. They always ask for more!
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