Unlock the power of play as a dynamic tool for children’s learning! Dive into the world of 2D shapes with our engaging collection of over 40 free, adorable shape tracing worksheets. These printable resources seamlessly blend fun and education, keeping kids immersed in learning without even realizing it. Through a variety of activities like exploring shape properties, tracing, coloring, drawing, and decorating, your children will not only grasp the essence of 2D shapes but also master the art of tracing and writing their correct names. These worksheets serve as invaluable teaching resources for enhancing shape recognition skills.
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What Are the Benefits of Teaching Kids to Trace?
Here, you will find our range of geometry worksheets to assist children in identifying and tracing 2D shapes. These resources can be used for preschool, pre-K, and even kindergarten kids.
Using these worksheets will help your students or kids to:
- improve their fine motor skills by tracing, coloring, and drawing activities;
- recognize a range of 2D shapes which are circle, square, rectangle, oval, rhombus, hexagon, pentagon, triangle, star, and heart;
- recognize details and build a child’s confidence as an artist;
- trace the names of different 2D shapes.
At What Age Should Kids Start Tracing?
Tracing is a powerful way to improve fine motor control.
If your children are under 2 years old and do not have the hand and finger strength to trace with a crayon or pencil, don’t worry, simply encourage them to play with playdough to develop these muscles as well as their fine motor skills.
When your kids get to 2 years old, they can start practicing straight lines and possibly curves. They will master these with practice around the age of 3. Following that, this is a great time to introduce them to these tracing shapes worksheets. They will learn what the shapes look like, how to distinguish between them, how to draw the shapes, write their names, and much more.
Free Shape Tracing Worksheets: 10 Common Shapes
Children learn best through play. These free and cute shape sheets are simple to print, and your children won’t notice they’re learning! They can explore the characteristics of shapes, trace, color, draw, and decorate to practice and learn all about 2D shapes. Great for shape recognition!
Here, you can find a variety of shape worksheets, including circle, square, rectangle, oval, rhombus, hexagon, pentagon, triangle, star, and heart. My friends, choose all or some, whichever works best for you and your kids!
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What is a Circle?
A circle is a shape that is made up of a curved line.
It starts at a point and goes around and ends at the starting point.
A circle has no corners or edges.
This shape is a two-dimensional (2D) shape, which means it’s flat.
Circle in Real Life
We can find the shape of a circle in the wheel of a bicycle or a bus, a dinner plate, coins, buttons, etc.
Fun Facts About Circle
- A circle is a round, two-dimensional shape that looks similar to the letter O.
- Humans have recognized circles from the dawn of time. The shapes of the Sun and Moon, the human eye, tree cross-sections, some flowers, and some shells are examples of natural circles.
- A circle is formed by all the points that are the same distance from a center point.
What is a Square?
A square is a shape that has four equal sides and four corners or angles.
Square in Real Life
Some real-world examples of squares include a slice of bread, a napkin, a chessboard, etc.
Fun Facts About Squares
A square is a rectangle with 4 equal sides and 4 right angle corners (90-degree corners).
What is a Triangle?
A triangle is a shape formed when three straight lines meet. All triangles have three sides and three corners or angles.
Triangle in Real Life
We can find the shape of a circle in a slice of pizza, a triangular ruler, road signs, etc.
Fun Facts About Triangles
Triangle shapes are often used in construction because of their great strength.
What is a Rectangle?
In geometry, a rectangle is a two-dimensional shape with four sides and four corners. Its two sides meet at right angles. Therefore, a rectangle has 4 angles, each measuring 90 ̊. The opposite sides of a rectangle are equal and parallel.
Rectangle in Real Life
Things that are rectangle-shaped include most tabletops, boxes, books, cellphones, doors, papers, etc.
Fun Facts About Rectangles
- There are more rectangular shapes than any other shape in the world all around us.
- All rectangles are parallelograms, but all parallelograms are not rectangles.
- Every square is a rectangle with 4 equal sides, but every rectangle is not a square.
What is an Oval?
An oval is a 2D shape, like an egg, with no straight lines or vertices. One flat face of the oval form does not self-intersect at any point.
Another method to explain an oval form is to compare it to a smooshed circle, which is a circle that has been stretched at two opposite points.
Oval in Real Life
We can find the shape of an oval in human eyes, the earth’s orbit around the sun, the badminton racket, etc.
What is a Rhombus?
A rhombus is a 2D shape with four straight, equal sides and parallels opposite pairs.
The difference between a square and a rhombus is that a square’s angles must all be right angles, whereas a rhombus’ angles do not have to be right angles.
Rhombus in Real Life
Things that are rhombus-shaped include rhombus-shaped earrings or rings, some kites (that have 4 equal sides), etc.
Fun Facts About Rhombus
- A rhombus with all its angles equal is called a square.
- A rhombus is sometimes called a diamond, but not all rhombuses are diamond-shaped.
What is a Pentagon?
A pentagon is a type of two-dimensional polygon that has five sides and five angles.
If all the edges have the same length and the angles at the corners are all 108°, it’s called a regular pentagon.
Pentagon in Real Life
We can find the shape of a pentagon in the Pentagon building and black sections on soccer balls.
Fun Facts About Pentagon
You can have a perfect star shape by drawing diagonal lines between the points of the pentagon.
What is a Hexagon?
A hexagon can be defined as a closed two-dimensional polygon with six sides.
The hexagon has 6 vertices and 6 angles also.
Hexa means six and gonia means angles.
It is a regular hexagon when the length of all sides and the measure of all angles are equal.
Hexagon in Real Life
We can find the shape of a hexagon in a honeycomb, nuts (the mechanical tools), a snowflake, the base of a pencil, etc.
Fun Facts About Hexagon
The hexagon is the strongest shape because it has six sides, which makes it more difficult to break than other shapes with fewer sides.
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- Shape Worksheets – a variety of no-prep shapes worksheets have been prepared to teach children to learn 2D and 3D shapes and to improve their fine motor skills by accurately tracing, coloring, drawing, and much more. Great resources for homeschool or for morning work, pencil control activities, scissor skills activities, and homework in classes. Click the images to preview these value bundles – you can save up to 35%!
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