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Trace Build and Find!

Shapes are all around us! From the circle of the sun to the rectangular doors in our homes, understanding shapes is a fundamental building block for early learning. That’s why we’ve created the “Trace, Build, and Find!” activity – a fun and engaging way for children to master 2D shapes while developing essential skills.

Why Learning Shapes is Important

  • Foundation for Math and Geometry: Shapes are the basis of geometry and essential for understanding spatial relationships, measurement, and problem-solving in mathematics.
  • Visual Discrimination: Recognizing and differentiating between shapes helps children develop visual discrimination skills, which are crucial for reading, writing, and other academic tasks.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Tracing and building shapes strengthens hand-eye coordination, pencil grasp, and other fine motor skills necessary for writing and drawing.
  • Spatial Reasoning: Understanding how shapes fit together and relate to each other helps children develop spatial reasoning skills, which are important for navigation, construction, and engineering.

Introducing “Trace, Build, and Find!”

Our “Trace, Build, and Find!” activity is a multi-sensory approach to learning shapes. It combines tracing, building, and finding activities to engage children’s visual, tactile, and cognitive learning styles. Here’s how it works:

  1. Trace: Children start by tracing the dotted outline of each shape, reinforcing their visual recognition and fine motor skills.
  2. Build: Using manipulatives like blocks, popsicle sticks, or pipe cleaners, children recreate the shape they just traced. This tactile experience solidifies their understanding of the shape’s properties.
  3. Find: Finally, children search for and identify the same shape in a variety of real-world objects and pictures. This reinforces their ability to generalize shape concepts to their environment.

What’s Included in the Activity

  • 12 Printable Worksheets: Featuring 12 different 2D shapes, including squares, triangles, rectangles, rhombuses, hexagons, pentagons, octagons, trapezoids, stars, parallelograms, circles, and ovals.
  • Clear Instructions: Easy-to-follow instructions for parents, teachers, and therapists.
  • Extension Ideas: Suggestions for additional activities to reinforce learning.

How to Use the Activity

  1. Print: Download and print the desired worksheets.
  2. Laminate (Optional): For extended use, laminate the worksheets.
  3. Gather Materials: Collect manipulatives for building (e.g., blocks, sticks, pipe cleaners).
  4. Trace: Guide your child or student to trace the dotted outline of each shape with their finger or a pencil.
  5. Build: Encourage them to build the shape using the manipulatives.
  6. Find: Help them find and identify the same shape in real-world objects and pictures.

Additional Tips

  • Start Simple: Begin with easier shapes like squares and circles before moving on to more complex ones.
  • Make it Fun: Incorporate play and creativity into the activities.
  • Provide Positive Reinforcement: Celebrate successes and encourage effort.
  • Adapt to Individual Needs: Modify the activity to suit your child’s learning style and abilities.


The “Trace, Build, and Find!” activity is a valuable tool for helping children master 2D shapes while developing essential skills. By engaging multiple senses and incorporating hands-on learning, this activity makes learning shapes fun and memorable. Download our free printable worksheets and start your child’s shape-tastic journey today!

Don’t miss out on this fantastic resource! Download our “Trace, Build, and Find!” worksheets and empower your child’s early learning journey.

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