Learning games are essential for toddler development, especially as they transition into preschool.
One of the first learning experiences children get is learning shapes and colors. It’s an important foundation that leads to letters, numbers, and words.
Give your kids or students a head start on learning shapes and building other skills in the process by playing these fun games.
Each of these shape games for preschoolers will help your kiddos learn in a fun and exciting way!
Save these ideas for your next game night and check out all of the best board games for kids too!
Fun Shape Games For Kids
This competitive shape matching game features Pete the Cat. Kids 3 and up can help match Pete’s missing buttons using a spinner and a “cat squeezer” (tongs shaped like Pete the Cat).
This game encourages shape recognition and fine motor skill development in young children.
This Little Genius Starter Kit works with an iPad or Kindle Fire. The award-winning toymaker OSMO uses their trademark tangible educational toys in connection with the iPad to initiate learning and skill development.
Four games in the kit aid children as they exercise their creativity , while also improving fine motor skills, empathy, spatial reasoning, and verbal proficiency. The kit includes:
- Squiggle Magic
- Costume Party
Turn the screen time into learning time with this fun set!
Floor games are so exciting for small children! They seem so big and they’re a great way to let off excess energy.
This Crocodile Hop floor game can involve a whole classroom full of kids or one individual player. This is a direction-following game that comes with inflatable cubes which are also really fun to play with. Crocodile Hop is a 3-time award winner! Try it out with your kids!
Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco is another character-driven (no pun intended) game. Like the Pete the Cat game, this game also uses a squeezer to pick up shapes, only this game is about matching the shapes of food items and is made for kids 4 and up.
This game is for 3-36 players and it’s classic BINGO with shapes and colors instead of letters and numbers.
There are 10 colors to match with 6 shapes and 4 ways to play! Keep kids 4 and up on their toes as they identify colored shapes to make a line. What’s wonderful about this game is that different ages and skill levels can play together, so no one will be left out!
This is just one of several puzzle variations from Coogam, but the idea is the same. Creative imaginary play that lets small children turn basic shapes into larger pictures.
These puzzle sets even come with cards of images for kids to replicate with their wooden blocks. Help your child develop critical thinking and fine motor skills while playing with these pattern blocks.
Tactile learning with beanbags is fun!
These bags all have different shapes and colors to play with and learn. Each 4-5 inch shape is fun to handle and toss. The tossing and catching make a fun activity while the shapes provide the basis for all kinds of learning to recognize shapes and colors.
Create your own hands-on game for hours of learning and fun!
These great shape matching puzzle pieces incorporate shape recognition and word matching to boot! These puzzles encourage vocabulary growth and have two ways to match so children can get more use out of the 40-puzzle set as they grow.
They’re perfect for independent learning and fun!
There are three ways to play this color and shape matching game, which is great for building memory skills.
Designed for children 3-6 years old, this game has won the Teachers Choice Award from Learning Magazine, so you know it’s a hit with parents, teachers, and kids!
Another fun variation on colors and shapes memory is the Matching Eggs game from Coogam.
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There you have it! Nine fun and educational games to help kids learn their shapes. Try them out and give your child a head start on learning!
Have a game you think should make the list? Let us know in the comments below!