Compare the Shapes

Recommended Age: 4+ | Mathematical Topic: Shapes & Geometry

A shape puzzle or a picture book with shapes in it.

What To Do

When reading a book, going through a picture book, or even playing with a shape puzzle, pick out different shapes you see and take turns with your child saying something that is the same about the two shapes, like the triangle and the square both have straight sides, or they both look like windows. Then say something that is different about the two shapes, like one has 3 sides and one has 4 sides, or one is pointy and one is not.

What To Know

Try to model new vocabulary terms like “angle” and highlight the more advanced features of the shapes as you go. In comparing two triangles, for instance, talk about how the angles are different sizes.