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Shape lesson preschool


Children will be able to identify and name specific two-dimensional geometric shapes: squares.


  • Box
  • Square object
  • Napkins
  • Yarn
  • What Is a Square? Rhyme


Explain to children that they will be learning about a special shape called a square. Ask children if they can tell you what a square is. Say, “Yes, a square is a shape that has four equal sides and four corners.” Put the box with the square item in front of children. Show children the item in the box. Talk about why the item is a square. Give children each a napkin and a length of yarn the same length as the length of the side of the napkin. Talk about with children about why the napkin is a square. Have children use the length of yarn to measure each side of the napkin. Help children notice that all the sides are the same length. Have children walk around and find a square object to put on their napkin. Let children share the object they found.

The Square Song
(Tune: You Are My Sunshine)

I am a square, a lovely square,
I have four sides; they're all the same.
I have four corners, four lovely corners,
I am a square, and that's my name.

Rhymes and Songs:

What Is a Square? Rhyme

Provide each child with a napkin to use as they repeat the following rhyme:

What is a square? Now you decide,
It has four sides, all the same size.
One side goes up, one side goes down,
One side’s on top, one’s on the ground.
What is a square? Now you decide,
It has four sides, all the same size.
Put your square shapes in the air,
Hold it high and keep it there.
Put your square shape on your back,
Now please lay it on your lap.
Put your square shape on your toes,
Now please hold it by your nose.
Hold your square shape in your hand,
Now will everyone please stand.
Wave your square shape at the door,
Now please lay it on the floor.
Hold your square shape and jump, jump, jump,
Now throw your square shape way, way up.


Let children use the napking to fold into different shapes. Take about each shape.

Make the napkin bunny craft

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Squares with Glue Artwork

Place glue on a piece of paper in the shape of a square. Have children place glitter, colored rice, or Kool-aid on the glue.

Square Tessellations

Squares and rectangles tessellate. They can be placed next to each other with no gaps. Show children the tiles on the floor or ceiling or a pictures of a tessellation. Ask them to make a similar picture with square pieces of construction paper.

Contact Paper Artwork

Place a paper square shape on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the shape. Supply children with scraps of construction paper to tissue paper. Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper.

Square Shape Collage

Cut a big square out of construction paper. Have children cut smaller squares from construction paper and glue to the bigger square.

Movement Activities

picture of Lilly jumping rope

Make a Shape
Author Unknown

Have children act out the following rhyme as they recite or sing it:

Make a circle, make a circle,
Draw it in the sky.
Use your finger, use your finger,
Make it round as a pie.


This Is a Square
(Tune: Frere Jacques)
This is a square. This is a square.
How can you tell? How can you tell?
It has four sides,
All the same size.
It’s a square. It’s a square.