The world is made of beautiful shapes and patterns. Young children need to learn all the different shapes around them in both 2D and 3D. Nature is full of spirals, curves, stars, and hexagons. The man-made world is full of circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. See how many of these you can spot and name.

Step 1

Sit together and name as many shapes as you think of. Now go for a walk and see how many of these shapes you can find.

Step 2

For younger children, try looking for simple shapes such as circles, squares and triangles. For older children look for more complex shapes such as hexagons, star shapes and spheres. Look out for wheels, windows, drains, roundabouts, flowers, snail shells, bubbles, etc.

Step 3

Talk about which shapes you found in nature and which shapes you saw in the man-made world.

You will need

To know the names of the common shapes found around us.


Draw the shapes on a piece of paper before you set off. Tick the shapes off as you find them.

Did you know?

Hexagons are a very common shape in nature and can be seen in the honeycomb of a bee hive, snowflakes, rock crystals and the eyes of a dragonfly.

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