Geometry for Kids: Finding Shapes at the Playground

We’re continuing our math learning outdoors with some fun shape hunting at a nearby playground! (There’s also a free shape hunt printable at the end of this post!)

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Geometry for Kids: Shapes at the Playground with Free Printable

 It seems like everywhere we look there’s so many opportunities for learning. Recently, we found examples of symmetry in nature as we took a walk in the forest. (Lucy is still an expert symmetry spotter!)

And, a few days ago as the kids were playing at the playground, we noticed shapes all around in the play structures. What a perfect opportunity to learn some basic geometry and remind the kids that math is fun!

Math for Kids: Finding Shapes at the Playground~ Buggy and Buddy


As we walked around the playground we found circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles from different angles in the play structures. After playing in and around all the shapes, we took photos of the shapes we saw to study more closely at home.


Math for Kids: Finding Shapes at the Playground~ Buggy and Buddy

 How many shapes can you find in this picture?

Math for Kids: Finding Shapes at the Playground~ Buggy and Buddy


Once we got home, we printed out our shape pictures and stapled them into a book. My original thought was we’d outline all the shapes we found with a highlighter, but Lucy really wanted to have each shape listed below the picture to help Theo learn his shapes. (Cute!) So I typed up shape words and printed them out. We cut the words out together and Lucy placed the shape words below each picture.


Geometry for Kids: Finding Shapes at the Park

This activity really is suitable for so many ages. Theo, my 2 year old, is very confident in identifying circles from this outdoor shape hunt! And Lucy, my 5 year old,  had so much fun that she’s still identifying shapes everywhere we go! 


I’m also adding this free printable, Shape Hunt. You can take it anywhere you go to search for shapes. Print out a couple to keep in your car or bring on your next neighborhood walk! 

Geometry for Kids: Shape Hunt Printable~ Buggy and Buddy



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  1. Super cute! I love scavenger hunts with kids, especially when there’s reading involved.:)

  2. This activity looks like so much fun. I will definitely have to give this a try!

  3. This is a great idea! We are off to the park tomorrow, I’ll have to give this a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Great scavenger hunt idea! I especially like that you took pictures of the shapes you found and turned them into a book!

  5. Fantastic idea! Geometry is everywhere and in everything around us. Finding homeschooling lessons in everyday things makes homeschooling great. Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Such a creative, well-done learning activity! I love the idea of taking pictures and making a book later. As you mentioned, this is a great way to look for shapes with older kids. Thanks for sharing at After School!

  7. Featuring on Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. What a great way to combine basic math skills, emergent literacy, movement and outdoor play. A+ activity!!!!

  9. I do this with my PK-3 yr. olds but I also give them a block to carry so they can look for a specific shape on the walk to/from the playground as well as on the playground. It is such fun to see them helping each other and squealing because they found a shape on something they’ve been playing on or walking by for months!


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