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How To Teach Kids Geometric Shapes In A Fun Way?

Jan 26, 2021

Learning early math skills is essential for kids as it helps them succeed in school and life. Introducing them to the concept of geometry can be even more challenging! Explain to your kids that they’re on a super cool treasure hunt, searching for hidden gems. Well, guess what? Learning geometry is a lot like that- it’s like discovering hidden treasures in the world!

Geometry is all about shapes, sizes and how things fit together. It’s like a secret code that helps your kids understand the world in a whole new way. Illustrations and real-life examples help kids understand that geometry is present all around them.

Definition of geometric shapes

geometric shapes for kids

Geometric shapes are special closed figures made by connecting points, lines, curves and circles. Look around- ask your kids to spot these shapes everywhere, just like hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.

Check this out: pizza is like a circle and each slice is like a triangle, making it extra delicious and geometric! Think about doors and windows- they’re like rectangles, giving your home a cool shape makeover.

Now, get ready for the secret code of shapes: some shapes are super regular like a square where all sides are equal or a hexagon showing off symmetric charm. Then they are the wild ones- irregular shapes! Imagine a scalene triangle- where sides are all different lengths, adding a splash of adventure to geometry. So, next time your kids see a shape, remember they’re like an artist decoding the geometry magic all around them!

Types of geometric shapes

There are different types of geometric shapes like triangles, squares and many more! Remembering all these geometric shapes can be difficult for your little ones. Let’s dive deeper into different types of geometric shapes and their types. We have compiled some fun ways that will help your kids remember these shapes for life!  

What is a triangle and its different types?

Imagine a triangle as a super special shape made by connecting three lines. Triangles come in all sorts of styles- some have bug angles, some have small angles and their sides can be long or short. You and your kids can spot them in yummy pizza or watermelon slices, crunch nachos or even on top of birthday hats- they’re everywhere. 

Check out the different types of triangles:

teach triangle to kids

1. Equilateral triangle: When all interior angles in a triangle are equal to 60 degrees and all sides are equal in length, it is called an equilateral triangle. Examples of equilateral triangles in real life include traffic signs and tortilla chips.

2. Right triangle: When two line segments of a triangle form a right angle (90 degrees), it is called a right triangle. Examples of right triangles we see around us in real life are corners of a wall, L-shaped sofas, edges of windows and doors and corners of laptops.

3. Isosceles Triangle: When a triangle has 2 equal sides and 2 equal angles, it is called an isosceles triangle. Examples of isosceles triangles in real life include a slice of pie, pizza or watermelon

4. Obtuse triangle: When a triangle has one angle more than 90 degrees, it is called an obtuse triangle. Examples of obtuse triangles in real life include the angle on a clothes hanger. 

5. Scalene triangle: When a triangle has no equal sides and no equal angles, it is called a scalene triangle. Examples of scalene triangles in real life include sailboats and ramps. 

6. Acute triangle: Acute triangle is not just a cute triangle but it is a triangle with angles less than 90 degrees. Examples of acute triangles in real life include the rewind, play and fast-forward buttons of the remote.

What is a circle?

A circle is a shape in geometry that doesn’t have any straight lines. Imagine it as a bunch of points, too many to count, all placed at an equal distance from the center point. You can think of things like whole pizzas, donuts and wheels as examples of circular objects.

What are quadrilaterals and their different types?

Quadrilaterals are flat shapes with four sides. They are polygons which means they have four straight lines and four corners. The total of all the angles inside a quadrilateral equals 360 degrees. We sort quadrilaterals into different types based on their angles and how long their sides are.

Check out the different types of quadrilaterals:

geometric shapes for kids

1. Square: When a quadrilateral has 4 right angles (90 degrees) and 4 equal sides that are parallel to each other, it is called a square. Examples of squares in real life are bread slices, photo frames and a pizza box.

2. Parallelogram: A parallelogram is a four-sided parallelogram with two sides that are both equal in length and run parallel to each other. Examples of parallelograms in real life include roofs and solar panels.

3. Rectangle: A rectangle is a quadrilateral with 4 right angles (90 degrees). It is a shape that has opposite sides that are parallel and equal in length. Examples of rectangles in real life include a television, computer screen, notebook and iPad. 

4. Trapezoid (US or trapezium UK): Trapezoid or trapezium is a quadrilateral in which none of the sides are the same. Examples of trapezoids in real life include popcorn boxes. 

5. Rhombus: A quadrilateral with four sides of the same length, where the opposite small angles are equal, and the opposite larger angles are also equal is called a rhombus. Examples of rhombus in real life include diamonds. 

6. Kite: A quadrilateral with two sets of neighboring sides that are equal in length. Examples of kites in real life include a flying kite and windowpanes. 

Learning geometric shapes can be fun!

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