Watch to see how shape awareness develops from birth to 5 years old.
Shape awareness is an understanding of:
- Shape characteristics—noticing what makes each shape different, like knowing that a triangle has three points.
- Matching—recognizing common elements of shapes and matching pairs (circles, triangles, and squares).
- Positioning shapes—understanding how shapes fit together and can be combined, like completing a puzzle.
Download a handout with fun activities designed to support young children’s growing shape awareness from birth to 5 below.
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