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Playdough Shapes

It is a happy talent to know how to play.” Learning while playing is in itself an art and one of the easiest ways to grasp things. Shapes are everywhere. Playdough makes visual representation and helps children to learn without any ambiguity. This activity is to fill in the shapes using playdough of different colors.


Everything children see around them in the world has a shape. This activity is to promote understanding of basic geometry among these kids. Also, it will enable them to think about space. They will learn how objects around relate to one another and to people in space.


  • Playdough of different colors

  • Toothpick


  1. On a piece of paper, draw big size basic shapes such as square, triangle and circle with the thick permanent black marker for reference.

  2. Let kids choose three different color playdoughs and toothpick.

  3. Attach the toothpick (edges) to the playdough (vertex) as shown

  4. Now, ask the children to create different 2D and 3D shapes of their choice


  • Try creating complicated shapes

  • Make sure edges and vertices are symmetrical

Learning Opportunity:

  • Object perception is much required for children to move around with ease

  • A filling will let them analyze the shapes and understand their basic features

  • The focus of geometry education is to analyze and understand

  • They will learn to discriminate i.e. they will at least recognize that each one looks different

  • They need to be acknowledged in order to distinguish between seeing and thinking; perception and thought

Time Required: 20 minutes

Cost: < $5

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