Teach Basic Shapes by making Objects



KG1 and 2



The new curriculum for KG emphasises the importance of teaching shapes and using pictures for illustrations.


Using shapes to demonstrate objects such as people, animals and houses helps children in multiple ways:

 -     They learn the shapes by observing and participating in the cutting, sorting and arranging.

 -     They learn to be innovative and creative.

 -     As an activity-based method, it is fun and a useful technique for teaching all children to understand, especially children with learning problems, such as ADHD.



Here’s a step-by-step guide for making a picture of a house from basic shapes. 

Materials needed:

- sheets of card/paper in different colours. Most stationery shops sell large sheets of thin cardboard that come in various colours like blue, green, pink, yellow, white.

- for children who do not yet use a ruler: some 'standard measures' like strips of cardboard or sticks to measure the various shapes for cutting out.


1. Each child / small group of children should have a large rectangle piece of card on which the house will be built:


2. Cut a rectangle from a different colour as the main house:




3. Measure and cut your triangle shape from another colour. The triangle shape is your roof:





4. Measure and cut a small rectangle shape from another colour. This is your door.





5. Using another colour again, measure and cut out two small rectangular shapes. These are your windows. You can draw in middle beams and shutters with a pencil or crayon: 




6. Once your house materials are ready, you can now build your house. Use paper glue to stick the cut out shapes to the background:




Depending on your learners, you can add additional parts to the house, such as a yard, a path or a tree, using the same basic shapes.


You can do similar activities to make other objects from basic shapes, like the human body or animals.



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