2D Shape Sorting Activity | Kindergarten Spring Center

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Are you looking for a fun way to practice learning shapes with your toddler, preschooler or kindergartener? This is a great activity for learning about 2D Shapes. In this activity, learners will sort the 2D Shapes onto the correct shape mat. Best of all, the printable uses shapes suitable for a spring center so this 2D Shape sorting activity can be used as a Kindergarten Spring Center as well. Grab your copy of these FREE 2D Shape Sorting Mats at the end of this post then head over and grab this MEGA bundle of Kindergarten Spring Activities.

2D Shape Sorting Mats

2D Shape Sorting Activity | Kindergarten Spring Center

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This shape sorting printable is such a great and fun way to practice sorting shapes with your learners! Sorting mats of any sort were a favorite with Trucker and I am sure that your little learners are sure to have fun as well! They are fun and engaging and your learners will be having so much fun they will not realize how much they are learning!

Hands-on Shape Sorting Activity

I love creating hands-on activities for learners and this is one of those fun activities that learners will simply have tons of fun with. Recognizing and identifying 2D shapes is a basic mathematical concept for our learners. However, as shapes become more complex with more sides and corners, they might require a bit more practice. These 2D shape sorting mats are the perfect activity for your learners to practice recognition of their 2D shapes. 

2D Shapes Sorting Mats Activity Printable

As they become better at identifying their 2D shapes they will also begin recognizing details in shapes such as the number of sides and corners. This will help them with their geometry skills while also fine tuning their visual discriminations skills. They will also be introduced to the idea of classification and sorting objects based on characteristics that things have.

Kindergarten Spring Center

This activity doubles up perfectly as a shape center as well as a Kindergarten Spring Center! The clipart used for the shapes are bee, snail, flower, ladybug, bird and rabbit. These are typically associated with the season of Spring, hence this center can be used during Spring for a fun and hands-on Shape Sorting Activity.

Kindergarten Spring 2D Shapes Printable Activity

This activity requires a bit of prep, however once the activity is prepped it can be used over and over again for endless shape practice. Store the pages in a binder for a mess and stress-free method of storing this printable.

2D Shapes Kindergarten Activity

Materials Required:

  • Free printable (at the end of this post)
  • Printer
  • Laminator
  • Velcro dots or velcro tape

Prepping the 2D Shapes Printable:

Print out the mats that you require. You could choose to print all the mats at once or only the shapes that your learners need practice with.

Laminate the mats and the sorting cards.

Cut apart the pages to create the sorting cards.

Place velcro dots in the middle of the boxes on the sorting mats. Place the other side of the velcro onto the back of the sorting cards.

This will allow learners to quickly sort the shapes onto the mats and will also prevent the cards from shifting around, hence reducing the frustration to the learner.

Shape sorting mats activity printable

This printable contains:

  • 16 shape sorting mats
  • 6 sorting shape cards for each shape (Bee, Ladybug, Snail, Flower, Rabbit and Bird)

The printable covers the 16 following shapes:

  • Circle
  • Heart
  • Heptagon
  • Hexagon
  • Crescent
  • Octagon
  • Oval
  • Pentagon
  • Rectangle
  • Diamond/Rhombus
  • Square
  • Star
  • Trapezoid/Trapezium
  • Triangle
  • Parallelogram
  • Semicircle

Using the Kindergarten Spring 2D Shapes Sorting Activity:

Present the mats to your learner.

Adjust the number of mats and shapes used depending on your learners. This allows you to differentiate the activity according to your learners needs.

If your learner is just starting out with their shapes practice start off with lesser mats and shapes more familiar to them.

For e.g. start off with just 2 mats to begin with so the learner will not be overwhelmed. If the learner is having trouble identifying their shapes, use two mats with very different shapes such as the circle and the rectangle. This will allow the learner to practice on their visual discrimination skills to sort the shapes.

Shape sorting mats activity printable

As the learner becomes more familiar with their shapes and begins to identify sides and corners, start to use mats with similar shapes such as oval and circle or square and rectangle. These are trickier sorting activities and are sure to be a fun challenge to your learner.

If the learner is very comfortable with their shapes, then the final step would be to present all the mats to your learner and get them to sort all the shapes at once.

As always with any activity, make sure the learner is having fun while learning and is enjoying the learning process. Try not to stress out the learner and adjust the activity according to the learners capabilities so that the learner will be able to make the most out of the activity.

Grab your free 2D shapes sorting activity at the end of this post!

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  1. Love these shape mats and so do my students! They are perfect for centers! Thanks so much for creating these wonderful resources!

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