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Shape activities

Maths: Shape, Space & Measure

Below are some suggestions to help your children develop their positional language, recognition of shapes and comparison of different measures.


  • Hide five objects in the room. Give your child clues to help them locate each item using positional language such as: on top, behind, in front, beside, next to and under. Swap roles so the child has the opportunity to use positional terms.
  • Have a hunt for 5 sticks in the garden. Can children order them from shortest to tallest and vice versa? Thickest to thinnest? Measure with a ruler.
  • Whilst playing outside, use natural materials such as sticks and leaves to make a repeating pattern.
  • When baking biscuits or cakes, encourage your child to weigh the ingredients and look for the correct weight on the scales.
  • Cut out and name 2d shapes, use them make a picture (e.g. a robot, a house, a rocket)
  • Potato printing – cut potatoes into 2d shapes, children to print a 2d shape picture or use them to stamp a repeating pattern
  • Mould play-dough to make 3d shapes.
  • Go on a shape hunt around the house
  • Log on to the ‘Busy Things’ app (see Tapestry for log in details).

Suggested Learning Task - Wednesday 25th March


Show your child the picture of 2d shape.
Which shapes can they name and recognise?
Discuss the features of the shapes that they are unsure of, e.g. for a rectangle, two opposite sides are short and the other two sides are long.

Go on a shape hunt (inside or in the garden)
Children could record which shapes they see by photographing or drawing them.
Perhaps you could help your child to produce a tally chart to show how many of each shape they find.
Or set your child a challenge to find one of each shape - a circle, a square, a rectangle, a star, an oval and a triangle.

Busy Things also have some lovely 2d shape recognition activities - we have added one to the 'My Assignments' folder at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

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Suggested Learning Task for Thursday 26th March

Suggested Learning Task for Thursday 26th March 1

Using lolly sticks, straws, lego, meccano or strips of paper, make the following 2D shapes:
Hexagon (6 sides)
Octagon (8 sides)
Pentagon (5 sides)

Count the sides carefully - make a label for each shape.

3D Shape

Suggested Learning Activity: Monday 30th March 2020

Kitchen Clear-out!

Have a look in your kitchen cupboards for different sizes and shapes of containers.
See if you can find 10 containers.
Look at the things that you have found - can you put them into groups. What is the same about the things in each group? What is different?

Now see if you can put them into groups by asking these questions...

Can they roll?

Do they stack?

You could take a photo of your groups and share them as an observation.

Finally, have a look at the 3d shape mat in the photo (it is also saved as a document here and on the website). Can you name the shapes that you have found?

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Wednesday 1st April


On Monday, you may have tried the activity of looking at 3d shapes in your house. Have a look in your garden and see if you can find any different shapes there...
If you have a garden shed, what shapes would you need to make it? Do you have any pots, containers or hanging baskets? What shapes are they? You could post some pictures of the ones you find in an observation.

If you would prefer something on Busy Things, I have put a 2d shape activity in the 'My Assignments' section which you can find at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.