Shape Art Activity for Kids

This is a simple art project for kids that helps children learn about shapes.

Shape art activity for kids

For this project you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Sponge shapes (I bought mine at the dollar store but you could also make your own out of foam or sponge)

This activity:

  • Builds fine motor skills
  • Teaches shapes
  • Teaches colors
  • Builds creativity

We decided on 4 shapes to use. We chose a circle, square, triangle, and a star. I took a separate piece of paper for each shape and wrote the name and then drew the shape at the top.

Shape art project

I then let her dip her shapes in paint and match the correct shape to each paper.

Shape art project

Shape art project


I asked her what each shape was as she made an imprint. She knew what a star and circle were previously but a square and triangle were new to her. To expand vocabulary and the understanding of shapes, I described what each shape looks like and what characteristics they have in common, or don’t have in common, with other shapes. For instance we talked about how circles have no corners but how squares have 4 corners.

Shape art project for toddlers


Shape art project

Shape Art Project

For more learning you could have them make patterns- this is a great pre-math skill.

Next we took a large paper and she made a shape collage.

Shape Art collage for kids

This is one of those simple activities that are so easy to put together but are still fun and educational.

What are some ways that you teach your young children about shapes? 

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