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Shape Hide and Seek!

Play a new version of hide and seek to help your child learn about shapes!


  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape


  1. Cut out different sized squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles from the construction paper.
  2. Ask your child to cover her eyes and count to 20. While she’s counting, tape the shapes around the room in safe locations where she can reach them.
  3. Have her opens her eyes and send her off to find one particular shape. For instance, say, “Find three squares hidden in the living room.”
  4. Give clues about what the shape looks like. For instance, say, “Find the squares. Remember a square has four sides that are all the same length.”
  5. Encourage your child to count each shape as she finds them. Once she has found all of the squares, ask her to find another shape.
  6. When all shapes have been found, switch, and have your child hide the shapes while you count to 20! Pretend to need reminders of what each shape looks like. Ask questions like, “How many sides does a triangle have, again?”

Talk About It

Talk with your child about the different shapes she has found. Have her draw pictures and ask "What shape is this?", "How many sides does it have?", and "What objects in our home are shaped like this?"

Take It Further

Walk around your neighborhood and see if you can find all of the shapes that the Shape-O-Bots turned into: an octagon, a pentagon, and a rhombus. Then, play the game again with those shapes. You can also make it a guessing game. Instead of naming the shapes, give clues for the child to identify the shape she is to find. For example, "Look for a shape that has eight equal sides."

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