Shapes in Everyday Objects Clip Cards (with real photos)

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Today I’m sharing a fun printable that will help your child see shapes in everyday objects using clip cards. These are especially fun, because they use real photos of everyday objects. Have fun learning with Shapes in Everyday Objects clip cards.

2D Shape Clip Cards

2D Shape Clip Cards Printable

I recently created these Number Sense Wheel Clip Cards and had so much fun with it, I decided to create one for 2D shapes. This a simple, low prep activity and only requires clothespins or circle counters to do the activity. This is an easy and fun way to sneak in some fine motor skills while learning their 2D shapes. Learners will learn to identify and recognize shapes in everyday objects around them. Simply print these shape clip cards, laminate and you are ready to go.

Recognizing 2d shapes in everyday objects

What are wheel clip cards?

Wheel clip cards have more options that the normal clip cards you might be used to. Learners will have to choose between more options making this activity a bit tougher than normal clip cards. There can also be more than one option, so  learners will have to realize that and be able to select all the correct answers.

For this reason, I would recommend using these only once the learner is familiar with the concept and needs further practice. Using these to introduce the topic to the learner might be overwhelming and might result in confusion towards the learner.

2D Shape Clip cards

These wheel clip cards are so much fun. I simply love how clip cards can be used both to train those fine motor skills (clipping clothespins is hard work!) and at the same time practice whatever concept they need to work on.

I would recommend using these cards with learners who can identify basic shapes quite well, so they can start working on identifying shapes in real life objects. We have objects around us, such as the clock, tiles, lights, doors and so on. Using real photos will provide an opportunity for children to challenge themselves to recognize shapes in objects that they might not commonly see. For e.g. a heart-shaped bench, or an octagonal window. These are examples we don’t commonly see but do exist around us.

Materials for Preparation – Recognizing 2D Shapes in Everyday Objects

  • Wooden clothespin (these are colored)
  • Wooden clothespin
  • Printer
  • Laminator (highly recommended)
  • Laminating sheets

To prep this activity, simply print the pages onto cardstock.

Laminate for durability and cut apart to create the clip cards.

2D shape clip cards everyday objects

Using the 2D Shapes Clip Cards Printable:

There are a total of 12 wheel clip cards focusing on the following shapes.

  • Rectangle
  • Square
  • Circle
  • Heart
  • Hexagon
  • Pentagon
  • Octagon
  • Trapezium
  • Star
  • Oval
  • Rhombus
  • Triangle
shape clip cards for kindergarten

Each wheel contains 8 shapes of which 4 of them match the shape in the center while the other 4 shapes do not. Learners should only clip those shapes that match the shape in the center. 

  • Present one wheel to the learner.
  • Ask them to identify the shape in the center.
  • Ask them to see which shapes around it match the shape in the center and clip those.
  • For the tougher shapes, learners can try to identify the matching shapes by counting the sides, and see which of the shapes match.
learning shapes in kindergarten

This printable can be used to strengthen fine motor skills, explore during morning work or used as supplemental math centers. The clip cards are skill-based, they are not thematic, so they can be used anytime during the year. The centers are best used once printed on cardstock and/or laminated. You can choose to implement these centers in an independent way or use with small-groups.

You can also make this a self-checking activity. Just put a dot on the back of the correct parts of the clip cards. If the learner has clipped the dot then the answer is correct, if not ask them to try it again, or discuss why they chose that answer.

2d shape clip cards for kindergarten

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Happy teaching! ~

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