3D Shapes...... Kindergarten Style

Ideas for teaching 3D shapes to Kindergarten students

Teaching 3D shapes to Kindergarten students is really fun. Although most students know the names of the basic 3D shapes, there is so much more you can do with the students and there is never a shortage of hands on activities.

What do the TEKS say about teaching 3D shapes to Kindergarten students?

Click on the link below and locate K.6 to read the TEKS associated with 3D shapes.

Before we get started into the activities, let's find out why it is important for young children to learn about shapes. Click below to read a short article.

Now that we know a little background about the importance of 3D shapes, let's get started with the teaching. A short video with a catchy song is an effective yet fun way to hook the children in to the concept being taught. It is also an easy reference to come back to throughout your teaching time frame. Plus, this video already helps to reinforce one of the student expectations, which is to identify 3D objects in the real world.
3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

Where do we go from here?

Now that the students have been introduced to the basics, there are so many directions that you can go to further develop the concepts. There are many books that can be found in the library (both fiction and nonfiction) that can help reinforce the TEKS and associated vocabulary. The children always enjoy having a selection of books to browse through that follow a specific theme and it's fun to watch them compare what they have learned.

As we know, young children need movement and activity incorporated into their learning to prevent restlessness and loss of focus. One great idea for avoiding this is by taking the class on a "shape walk." Students use a clipboard, pencil and recording sheet and take a walk inside and outside of the school looking for 3D shapes in the environment. Students can record their findings using pictures or words. Once the walk is complete, the children can share their observations with the class. This can be as simple as making a list of seen objects or adding a bit of complexity by graphing the findings then comparing which shapes were seen the most or least.

Want even more ideas?

Thanks to the internet, there is no shortage of activities and ideas to help reinforce 3D shapes. Before choosing your activities, always double check that they are reinforcing the TEKS, using concept vocabulary and following the guidelines of the CRM. Once the basic concepts are learned, many Kindergarten teachers find that moving the children through math centers or stations helps reinforce concepts while keeping the children not sitting in one place for too long. This allows the teacher to either create her own station and tailor her teaching based on the needs of the particular group she is working with or she can push in to the various stations as needed to reinforce the learning. Even a third option for the teacher would be to pull children individually to either reteach or enrich students according to their needs. Stations can be as simple as using play-doh to create various 3D shapes to finding ideas on websites.

Below you will find two links that take you to popular websites used by teachers for activity ideas. Enjoy looking through them! Please remember the best activities aren't always the ones that are glitzy and expensive to purchase. Always ask yourself, what do I want the children to be able to do and know and base your activities off of those answers. Have fun!

Teachers Pay Teachers

There are some activities that are free!

Pinterest - 3D Shapes

Activities galore!

Thank you!

I hope you have learned a little bit about the importance of teaching 3D shapes as well as some resources and ideas to get you started on your lesson planning. Thank you for taking the time to read my smore. If you could please answer a few brief questions by clicking the link below then you will be all done!