Shape Sorting Activity for Preschoolers

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Shapes are the building blocks of early education, paving the way for a child’s understanding of the world around them. Check out this shape sorting activity—a fun and interactive way to introduce little ones to shapes. Discover how this simple yet engaging exercise nurtures cognitive development and lays a solid foundation for future learning adventures.

Shape Sorting Activity for Kindergarteners and Preschoolers

Shapes are everywhere, and for young learners, recognizing and understanding them is a stepping stone towards honing their problem-solving abilities and spatial awareness. As they match circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles to their corresponding bases, children gain confidence in their abilities, boosting their self-esteem and encouraging a positive attitude towards learning.

The objective of this activity is to help kindergarten and preschool children recognize and differentiate between different shapes by sorting them using popsicle sticks with cardboard tubes and construction paper glued to the top in various shapes.


Materials Needed

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Cardboard
  • Construction paper (assorted colors)
  • Glue
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors
  • Tray or large flat surface for sorting

Shapes to Use: Circle, Square, Triangle, and Rectangle or you can use harder shapes for older kids (Feel free to include more shapes if desired)


  1. Preparation:
    a. Take 5-7 cardboard tubes and glue them in a line to a piece of rectangular cardboard using a glue gun or regular glue. Draw the different shapes that you will be sorting on each cardboard tube, you can also write out the name of the shape.
    b. Cut construction paper into various shapes. Write the name of the shape on the shape.
    c. Glue the construction paper shapes onto the top of the popsicle sticks. Cut out and glue at least 5-6 of each shape.
  2. Setting up the Activity:
    a. Place the prepared popsicle sticks with shapes.
    b. Mix up the popsicle sticks randomly to create a shape jumble. You can also hide the sticks around the house or garden by sticking them in planters or in the ground!
  1. Activity Time:
    a. Gather the children around the activity area and introduce them to the different shapes (circle, square, triangle, and rectangle) by showing and naming each one.
    b. Explain that their task is to sort the popsicle sticks with shapes into the correct cardboard tube bases according to their shapes.
  2. Guided Play:
    a. Demonstrate the activity by picking up one popsicle stick with a shape and placing it into the matching cardboard tube base. For instance, pick up a popsicle stick with a square shape and place it into the cardboard tube with a square shape on top.
    b. Encourage the child identify the shape before placing it into the correct cardboard tube base.
  1. Independent Play:
    a. Once the child are familiar with the shapes, let them explore the activity independently.
    b. Provide support and encouragement as needed, praising them for correctly matching the shapes.
  1. Extension Activity:
    a. For an added challenge, you can introduce new shapes or encourage the children to create patterns using the popsicle sticks with different shapes.

Remember to make the activity engaging and fun, praising the children for their efforts, and creating a positive learning environment!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 18 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

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