Please remember that all activities are to INTRODUCE, not MASTER Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Every child moves at their own pace. 

Be patient with yourself and your preschooler as you introduce new concepts.  Some days they will embrace your ideas, and others, not so much. It is all age appropriate and exploration is the key to success. 


Sometimes a simple question such as, does it look right, will help your preschooler reassess placement. 

In Kindergarten, children will compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. One example would be to merge two triangles to make a rectangle. Children will also model shapes in the world by building shapes from components. 

As your child explores these concepts, have them analyze if it "looks right". 

Remember, your preschooler may or may not be ready to master this skill, but give them time to play with shapes and manipulate them into larger components. 

  • Take them outdoors! Bringing indoor activities outdoors creates a different kind of experience. Preschoolers experiment with uneven surfaces and the texture of grass. 
  • Allow for Open Ended Free Play. Open ended free play allows for the preschooler to problem solve and practice with cause and effect. "If I put the square on something round, it falls off. If I put the square on a flat surface, it stays!"
  • Begin to discuss 3D shapes. By Kindergarten, children will be asked to Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, "flat") or three-dimensional ("solid").
  • Begin to compose shapes. By Kindergarten, children will be asked to analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/"corners") and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).