Unit Study: Preschool Shapes

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K


By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Identify and name common shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and more.
  2. Understand the characteristics and properties of different shapes.
  3. Recognize shapes in everyday objects and surroundings.
  4. Develop fine motor skills through arts and crafts activities related to shapes.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of geometric concepts.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Shapes

  • Introduce basic shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle.
  • Discuss the number of sides and unique features of each shape.
  • Read books about shapes.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a shape collage.

Day 2: Exploring Circles and Squares

  • Focus on circles and squares.
  • Identify and find circles and squares in the environment.
  • Read books about circles and squares.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a circular and square stamping artwork.

Day 3: Triangles and Rectangles

  • Explore triangles and rectangles.
  • Hunt for triangles and rectangles in everyday objects.
  • Read books about triangles and rectangles.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a triangle and rectangle mosaic.

Day 4: Shapes in Art and Nature

  • Discuss shapes in famous artworks and nature (e.g., sun, flowers).
  • Engage in shape-related nature observation.
  • Read books about shapes in art and nature.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a nature-inspired shape collage.

Day 5: Building with Shapes

  • Introduce the concept of building with shapes.
  • Engage in block-building activities using different shapes.
  • Read books about building and shapes.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create 3D shapes using craft sticks.

Resource List:


  1. “Mouse Shapes” by Ellen Stoll Walsh – Amazon Link
  2. “Shapes, Shapes, Shapes” by Tana Hoban – Amazon Link
  3. “The Shape of Things” by Dayle Ann Dodds – Amazon Link


  1. “Shapes Song 2” by Super Simple Songs – YouTube Link
  2. “Learn Shapes with Elly – Circle, Triangle, Rectangle, Square and Learning Colors” by KidsCamp – YouTube Link
  3. “Shapes Dance Song” by Pancake Manor – YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts:

  1. Shape Collage – Create a collage using cut-out shapes from magazines and newspapers.
  2. Circular and Square Stamping – Use circular and square objects to create stamped artwork.
  3. Triangle and Rectangle Mosaic – Create a mosaic using cut-out triangles and rectangles.
  4. Nature-Inspired Shape Collage – Collect natural materials (leaves, twigs) to create a collage.
  5. 3D Shape Craft – Create 3D shapes using craft sticks and glue.

Adapt and customize the activities based on the interests and abilities of the preschoolers in your unit study. Have a fantastic time exploring the world of shapes with your young learners!

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