Let's Build Shapes!

Contributor: Morgan Haney. Lesson ID: 13965

Shapes are all around you -- in your home, in the art you see, and in all the crafts you make! Practice building shapes from your favorite craft supplies!


Plane Geometry (2D), Visual Arts

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Take a look at this cool and colorful piece of art:

shape art

Looking at it all together, it just looks like a bunch of colors. If you look closely, though, you will see a lot of shapes you probably know.

  • Can you find squares in this art piece?
  • What about circles?
  • Triangles?

Many artists use shapes like circles, rectangles, and triangles in their art. In this lesson, you will get to use your favorite craft supplies to make your very own shape art!

Before you create your own shapes, let's review the shapes you know!

Practice your shapes as you watch the video below. Shout out the name of each shape that pops up!

Learning Simple Shapes | 2D Shapes Practice | Scratch Garden from Scratch Garden:

Great job practicing your shapes!

The main shapes you will build and draw in this lesson are circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and diamonds. If you are unsure about any of these, watch the video again to make sure you know what they look like!

Now that you remember all your simple shapes, let's talk about how you make those shapes. The main thing to focus on is how many sides a shape has.

  • For example, a triangle has how many sides?


Now here is a tricky one.

  • How many sides does a circle have?

When you know how many sides a shape has, you are halfway to being able to make that shape.

Now, all you need to know is how long the sides are.

  • Think about this: what makes a square different from a rectangle?

square and rectangle

  • Can you spot the difference?

The difference is that all the sides on a square are the same length, but a rectangle has two long sides and two shorter sides.

So if I wanted to build a square out of sticks from my yard, I would make sure all the sticks are the same length. If I wanted to build a rectangle, I would find two short sticks and two long sticks!

Now that you've learned what you need to know to make a shape, move on to the Got It? section to practice making and drawing shapes!

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