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Face of Shapes

by on Jan 12th, 2011

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Playing around with shapes can be a lot of fun! Children are able to exercise their imagination skills and come up with a variety of pictures using nothing but basic shapes!

Shapes can be useful and fun, but teachers have to be careful as to how complex the activity will be depending on the age of the kids. When my tutee was just 6 years old, she came home complaining that she had no idea what her math homework was about. Apparently, her teacher gave them a bunch of shapes and asked them to create something with it. Instead of just having fun, she dreaded the task because she just found it too difficult.

So in our class of toddlers, we decided to make it easier by just letting them make faces using these shapes. Some kids said, “but the eyes should be circles!” This gave us the opportunity to tell them that they could make the eyes any shape they wanted! Let them be creative! Let them have fun!

What you will need

  • Face Pattern
  • Art Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crayons


  • Cut out the basic shapes using the art paper. Our class had just finished studying circles, triangles and squares; so we decided to stick with these 3.
  • Print out a face pattern. We used a clown face. This way, the children were more open to seeing abstract shapes as faces. I found the face via Google but edited it a little to make it bigger.


  • Color the face first
  • Start pasting on the different shapes as the clown’s eyes, nose and mouth! Have fun and make the clowns look as silly as you can!


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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