Shapes FlashcardsShapes flashcards are a great way to teach your child to recognize and name shapes.
These free printable shape flashcards are available in pdf and powerpoint formats.
Teaching with Shapes Flashcards
Flashcards are a great way to teach. If done properly the flashcard teaching method can be extremely effective and fun. The correct way to present shapes flashcards to your child is as their name suggests – in a flash, that is, they need to be presented quickly.
The presenting of flashcards at a quick pace has some important learning effects.
Firstly, quick presentation engages the faster part of your child’s brain – the right brain where information can be absorbed holistically. The slower you present flashcards, the more you engage your child’s rational brain which is a slow learning system.
Secondly, the presentation speed of the shape flashcards greatly impacts the enjoyment for your child. The faster you present the flashcards the more likely your child will pay attention and enjoy the game.
The slower you present the flashcards the more likely the child will become disinterested and find the subject harder to learn.
How to use your Shapes Flashcards
Make sure your child is in a good mood before you commence a lesson as it is important that they are attentive. Hungry or tired subjects can make for a difficult lesson ahead.
- Sit your child opposite you
- Present one flash card at a time to your child
- Name the shape as the flashcard appears
- Present the flashcards as quickly as possible (the faster you go the more effective the lesson)
When you feel that your child is ready, give them the opportunity to name the shape. If they get stuck or take too long, offer a prompt. Otherwise, name it out yourself and move on.
Try to convey fun and excitement in your voice when presenting and avoid laboring over any flashcard by quickly correcting any errors. Repetition and fun is the key to success. Try to frequently recite the shapes flashcards in short bursts.
There are a lots of shapes flashcards available for purchase. A quick search on amazon you are able to find a range of shapes flashcard makers like the ones below.
Teaching Shapes – find out why teaching shapes is important.
Shapes Chart – we’ve compiled basic and advanced shapes charts that parents and teachers can use to teach children.
Shapes Worksheets – a range of shapes worksheets has been compiled to teach children to recognize and draw shapes from basic through to advanced.
Educational Toys – the tupperware shape sorter is a great educational toy that you can use to teach shapes.
Shapes Videos – we’ve compiled a range of shape videos from YouTube that are great to use when introducing shapes to preschoolers.