Using Our Useful Shape Printables

Our Useful Shape Printables come in 10 sizes and colours, or in black and white. If the largest shape is 100%, the next shape down is 90% and so on down to 10% for the smallest. We have circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, rhombuses, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons and octagons to choose from. We've come up with lots of ideas for using them below.

Using Our Useful Shape Printables

Colour versions:

  • stack same shapes on top of each other, largest on the bottom
  • sort them by size from smallest to largest or vice versa (for younger children you might want to limit the number of circles you give them to sort)
  • sort a mixture of shapes by colour and shape using our shape sorting mats. Choose an appropriate number of shapes (eg for Nursery children, use circles, squares and triangles; for Year 1 children, use circles, squares, triangles, rectangles and perhaps semi-circles).
  • print out a selection of shapes and use them to make pictures and designs
  • cut out the colour versions and then print out the black and white versions and leave them intact. See if the children can match the cut-out colour circles onto the matching black and white shape
  • make a file folder game by gluing the black and white circles onto the inside of a file folder and asking the children to match each colour circle up with its partner.

Black and white versions:

  • use as templates
  • print each shape onto a different coloured card for grouping and sorting activities
  • print onto white card and cut out some of the larger sizes. Give younger children shapes to colour in, or perhaps fill with straight lines for pencil control practise.
  • print onto white card and cut out the largest size. Feel and count the sides and vertices of each shape and then write the name of the shape on it.

Useful shape printables - rhombuses

Guest Post - Exploring 2D Shapes
There are more ideas for using our useful shape printables in this guest post by Shelly

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