Learning about shapes sets the stage for understanding geometry. At age six, kids often begin to discover that shapes can be combined or broken down to make new shapes — for example, two squares make a rectangle. They can also move beyond learning about 2D shapes (circles and squares) and explore the properties of 3D shapes (spheres and cubes), as well. Encourage your child to use mathematical language, such as "rhombus" instead of "diamond" or "angles" instead of "corners."
Math Easy Ways to Help Your Six-Year-Old Learn Shapes and Basic Geometry
Support your child's growing knowledge of shapes:
Go on a Three-Dimensional Shape Hunt
Three-dimensional shapes are all around us, but they might be harder to find than their two-dimensional cousins. Go on a walk around your home or through the neighborhood with your child and try to find as many three-dimensional shapes as you can, including a cube, a sphere, a cone, a cylinder and a rectangular prism.
Magical Shape Hunt
A mermaid has lost her jewels and it's up to Peg and Cat to help her retrieve them. While using a net to catch the jewels, your child can practice counting skills and identifying 3D shapes.Play This Game
Create Three-Dimensional Shapes with Playdough
Playing with clay or playdough is a great way to explore three-dimensional shapes. Work with your child to see if you can build the following shapes: a cube, a sphere, a cone, a cylinder and a rectangular prism.
Secret Message Shapes
Building blocks are a great way to explore 3D shapes with your child. In this activity, you and your child can assemble and take apart 3D shapes, and even use these shapes to send secret messages.Do This Activity
Play with Tangram Puzzles
Teach Squares vs. Rectangles
Using graph paper, have your child draw both a square and a rectangle. Discuss why they are different and why they are the same. Can your child draw a rectangle made out of two squares? Emphasize that a square is a special kind of rectangle that has an equal length on all sides.
Sort and Spot the Dangerous Doobles
The Doobles are on the loose, and agents must work together to quickly find them all and put things right again. Your child can help the Odd Squad by identifying, sorting, and classifying unique features of the creatures to crack the case.Do This Activity
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Peg + Cat
Through engaging stories and comedy, Peg + Cat encourages your child to see math as exciting, accessible, and fun. The show teaches measurement, shapes and patterns, and problem-solving skills that children can use in their everyday lives.Find Activities
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Wild Kratts Creature Math
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Rosita has treats to share with her friends. Your child can help Rosita by counting out exactly enough items for each friend.