The Importance of Learning About Shapes for Young Children


A multiracial group of preschoolers or kindergarteners having fun in the classroom. Six children are sitting around a little wooden table playing with colorful wooden block and geometric shapes. The playful little girl in the foreground is making a silly face at the camera.

Even babies can distinguish a circle from a square using their sight and touch. Learning the names of shapes is not an innate ability, but rather an essential part of your preschooler’s education. It is necessary for children to learn the names of shapes so they can identify them verbally and in writing, as well as compare the various shapes and how they are used. They will use these skills for the rest of their lives.

Shapes help your child identify objects and letters. Circles, triangles and lines make up the letters; think of the circles at b, d, g, p, q, or the triangles at k, v, and w. Circles and ovals help your child write letters like f, u, m, n, j, and squares help them write i, l, k, p, q, etc. A child’s ability to recognize letter shapes often helps him or her recognize the letter itself, which is essential for learning to read.

Learning to draw begins with drawing shapes. A house, a cat, a book, a ball, all of these can be drawn using simple shapes. If your child is talented, he will be able to use shapes in the future as well to draw and paint.

In basic mathematics as well as more advanced mathematics, shapes are extremely important. Shape patterns and spatial awareness can help your child develop logical and sequencing skills that will help them later in their school career with subjects such as calculus.

Whether we realize it or not, we use shapes every day as adults. Think about rearranging the furniture in the living room, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards, or rearranging the fridge according to the shapes of the elements inside. Several shapes are used on road signs and markings, which helps us recognize them before we can read them.

In addition to learning about two-dimensional shapes, children also learn about three-dimensional shapes. The sphere is a 3D circle with specific properties, such as the ability to roll, that other shapes lack. If your child has a good foundation, he will be able to make this progression for all forms.

Children are expected to know basic shapes by kindergarten, recognize them, and understand how they fit together. In addition, you can expect them to be able to draw the shapes, not perfectly, but certainly recognizable. Shapes can be taught in many ways to your child.

Shapes are all around us, so you can play ‘Find the Shape’ anywhere – at home, at work, at the store, etc. Instead of trying to find all the shapes at once, focus on one shape at a time.

Young Children worksheets can help your child recognize different shapes, see how they fit together with other objects, and learn how to draw them. A good set of worksheets will guide you step by step through this process until your child can draw shapes freely on their own. Worksheets that combine learning shapes with the use of different colours are particularly beneficial for reinforcing shape names.

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