Gift Ideas: Toys Perfect for Exploring Shapes

Here are some of our favorite toy gift ideas for children that involve shapes. Playing with shapes is so helpful in developing all kinds of cognitive skills like spatial awareness and problem solving. You’ll find fun shape toys for a variety of ages in this gift guide for kids! (This post contains affiliate links.)

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Gift Guide: Toys Perfect for Exploring Shapes

Gift Ideas: Toys Perfect for Exploring Shapes

shape toys for kids

Plan Toys Shape and Sort It Out: This shape sorting toy was one of the first toys I bought Lucy when she was a baby. It’s an absolutely beautiful toy and wonderful quality! (12 months and up)

Guidecraft Geometric Counting Cylinders: These cylinders are made from hard wood and come with a box for storage. They are perfect for sorting shapes, as well as exploring fractions and counting practice. (Ages 3 and up)

Lacing Shapes: These shapes are a perfect way to practice hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills! (Ages 3-6)


shape toys for kids

Melissa & Dough Chunky Shape Puzzle: Puzzles are one of my favorite toys for children! I love the bright colors in this one, and the chunky puzzle pieces make it perfect for little hands. (Ages 2 and up)

Hape Shake and Match Shape Sorter: This shape sorter is made from non-toxic wood which is always a plus in my book. And the beads inside the blocks make sounds, adding a whole other sensory element to this toy. (12 months- 3 years)

Primary Shapes Template Set: We love stencils- especially for creating! This stencil set comes with 5 different shapes your child can use for tracing and creating art. (4-8 years)


shape toys for kids

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock: This sorting clock provides all kinds of learning opportunities with not just shapes, but also colors, numbers, and early time telling skills. (36 months- 8 years)

Shape Bean Bags: I love that these bean bags come in different colors and have the name of each shape labeled right on the front of each one. My mind is racing with all the fun game possibilities you could play with these! (Ages 3 and up)

ThinkFun Shape by Shape: Here’s a game perfect for older children using abstract shapes. Great way to practice spatial relationships! (Ages 8 & up)


shape toys for kids

Spot It! Numbers and Shapes: This simple card game helps children learn to identify numbers and shapes! (Ages 2-5)

Magnetic Wooden Shape Set: This magnetic wooden set would be perfect for taking on a road trip- love that it’s portable! (Ages 4 and up)

Wooden Pattern Blocks: These pattern blocks are a classic toy perfect for building and creating. They make great classroom centers and quiet play activities for home. (Ages 3 and up)


shape toys for kids

MindWare Imaginets: This game comes with brightly colored magnetic shapes and challenges for your child to try to complete. This also is perfect for a road trip! (Ages 3 and up)

Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game: These blocks are so fun to look at- love the colors, shapes and designs! This game comes with activity cards to challenge your child. (Ages 5-10)

Play-Doh Learn About Shapes and Numbers: This set is perfect for the play-doh loving child! I love that this set provides a hands-on way for children to learn about numbers and shapes. (Ages 3 and up)


toys for learning shapes

Remo 5-Pack Sound Shapes: We played with these shape instruments in music class last year and loved them. Perfect to pull out to play to music with your child! (Ages 3 and up)

Shape Stacker in Rainbow Colors: This shape stacker is absolutely beautiful! It’s made from native hardwood maple right in the USA. (2 and up)

Sensory Shapes 8 Piece Mega Pack: Here’s a great sensory toy for babies and young children that comes in all kinds of shapes! (All ages)

Check out our ebook ABCs and 123s! You’ll find 40+ ways to encourage children to explore letters and numbers through play!


ABCs and 123s Ebook

Toys for Learning Shapes: Some of the best toys to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers explore shapes and geometry through play. Make great Christmas or birthday gifts! ~


  1. Love that learning clock – my daughter is very interested in that right now! Might have to check it out for a Christmas present!

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