Shape Up! A Lesson Plan on Identifying and Counting Shapes for Young Learners

  • Shape Up - A Lesson Plan on Identifying and Counting Shapes for Young Learners
    Children discovering shapes and numbers up to 5 - FREEPIK
  • Grasp this simple and interactive identifying and counting shapes to 5 lesson plan for your pre-kinders and kinders. This math skill will help them develop their spatial awareness and number sense. Follow the video with kids and listen to them answer questions like "How many squares are there?"

    Shapes are everywhere, and learning to count them is an important math skill for young children. In this lesson plan, you will help your kids identify and count shapes like circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles. You will also introduce them to the concept of sides and corners of shapes.

Learning to count with shapes: a fun and engaging activity for Pre-K and K students

By the end of this lesson, your students will be able to recognize and name basic shapes, count shapes up to 3, and use mathematical language to describe their observations.

  • Grade Level: Pre-K | Kindergarten

    Duration: 20-30 minutes

    Objectives: By the end of this lesson, your kids will be able to:

    • Recognize and name common shapes
    • Count the number of shapes in a group
    • Compare the number of shapes using words like more, less, or equal
    • Develop one-to-one correspondence
  • Previous knowledge:

    Your kids should have some basic knowledge of:

    • The names of the numbers from 1 to 5
    • The concept of one-to-one correspondence (matching one object to one number)


    You will need:

    • A device with internet access to play the video from (
    • Paper and crayons or markers for each kid
    • A set of shape cards or cut-outs (you can make your own or use the ones provided by
    • A large sheet of paper or poster board for the group activity



    • Warm-up

      To start the lesson, ask your kids to look around the room and find some objects with different shapes. For example, you can point to a clock and say, "This is a circle," or a book and say, "This is a rectangle."

      Please encourage them to name the shapes they see and repeat after you. You can also ask them questions like "How many circles do you see?" or "What shape is this?" and have them answer.

    • Introduce identifying and counting up to 5

      Next, play the video from ( and have your kids watch and listen carefully.

      The video will show them how to count shapes up to 5 using examples and questions.

      Pause the video after each question and have your kids say the answer out loud. You can also repeat the question and answer with them. For example, after the video asks, "How many squares are there?" you can say, "Let's count together. One, two, three. There are three squares."

    • Activity

      After watching the video, give each kid a piece of paper and some crayons or markers. Ask them to draw their picture using different shapes. They can draw anything like animals, houses, cars, etc.

      Remind them to use at least four different shapes and, at most, five of each shape. For example, they can draw a house with one square, one rectangle, two triangles, and four circles.


      When they are done, have them count how many shapes they used in their picture and write the number below each shape. For example, if they drew four circles, they should write "4" below them.

    • Group Sharing

      Now, divide your kids into small groups of three or four. Give each group a large sheet of paper or poster board and a set of shape cards or cut-outs. Ask them to collaborate to make a collage using the shape cards or cut-outs. They can arrange them in any way they want, as long as they use all of them.


      When they are done, have each group present their collage to the rest of the class. Ask them to tell how many shapes they used and how many of each. For example, they can say, "We used 15 shapes in our collage. We used three circles, four squares, five triangles, and three rectangles."

    • Conclusion

      To wrap up the lesson, review the main points with your kids. Ask them questions like:

      • What are some common shapes that we learned today?
      • How do we count shapes?
      • How do we compare the number of shapes using words like more, less, or equal?


      Praise them for their work and participation. You can also sing a song or play a shape-related game to reinforce their learning.


✨ Assessment

To assess your kids' understanding of the lesson, you can use the worksheets provided by or create your questions based on their level. You can ask them to:

  • Identify and name different shapes
  • Count the number of shapes in a group
  • Compare the number of shapes using words like more, less, or equal
  • Draw their shapes and count them


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