Teaching Shapes, Numbers, and Colors

This week, I have been teaching my six-year-olds about numbers, shapes, and colors. It has been a lot of fun because I get to use classroom objects, flash cards, and other things to help my students learn about these things. While preparing for my class, I stumbled upon a great website with lots of (free) resources to use! The website, SparkleBox, has tons of printable flash cards, worksheets and games for teachers to use!

When I started teaching numbers, we spent one day on the numbers 1-10; we counted using our fingers, and said each number aloud. I also wrote each number on the whiteboard in both numeric form (1, 2, 3, …) , and written form (one, two, three, …). We would count up from one to ten, and from ten down to one. I would ask how many students there are on our class (there are five), and the would have to count out loud. I would also ask  how many girls, and how many boys there are, too (there are two boys, three girls). They did very well.

The second day, I taught them the numbers 11-20. Now, this was a little challenging for them once they got past thirteen. Again, I wrote the numeric forms (11, 12, 13, …) and written forms (eleven, twelve, thirteen, …) on the board. We worked on phonics and practicing both consonant and vowel sounds (both concepts they have learned). I gave each of them a paper cup and filled it with some chocolate candy. Each student had to put the candy pieces into their cup, counting up to twenty. They really enjoyed that, and served to make a nice little snack for later.

Teaching shapes is just as fun, as there are many objects you can use as examples! I printed off some flash cards that had both the shape and another card with the name of the shape. We practiced saying each shape, and then finding objects in our classroom that had the shape I held up. After showing my students the shape card, followed by the name card, I would place them face down onto the table, and they had to flip them over and match the name to the shape. The students did well, although there were some troubling ones (such as kite-shape, pentagon, hexagon, cross-shape, and even octagon cards).

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Tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday, I get to teach colors and mixing colors. I’m excited because one of the activities we get to do (hopefully), is mix food coloring in water. I’m excited to see the students’ faces when the red, blue, and yellow drops hit the water, and different colored drops mix to make green, orange, and purple. Colors, shapes and numbers are a great way to teach basic literacy, and speaking skills!


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6 responses to “Teaching Shapes, Numbers, and Colors

  1. Silly Shape Man. Start with 3 basic shapes, circle square, triangle. T: “Silly shape man needs a _______ (point to your head). Ss respond. T: “What do you want?” (point to shapes) Draw the requested shape on the board. T: “Silly shape man needs some ______” (point to eyes). T: “What do you want?” (point to shapes) Draw the requested shape on the board as eyes. Continue the pattern with nose and mouth.

    The students will learn shapes, body parts, two very useful phrases. It is endlessly expandable to a variety of shapes and the entire body.

    The first few times you do this this you will be the one creating silly shape man. The students will eventually get the hang of calling out something. It never gets old.


  2. Great idea! I always thought if I wanted to learn a language (Brazilian Portuguese my dream) is to visit my neighbour with her toddler…as she speaks to him, I may learn the way he is learning.


  3. I also describe a shape to the children and see if they can work out what I’m thinking of (i.e. “I’m thinking of a shape with one side, it is curved” or “I’m thinking of a shape with four sides. Two long sides and two short sides”). Works a treat, and it goes the opposite way of showing the children a picture and having the children do the describing!


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