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Shape Tracing Printables

Make learning shapes fun with these free printable Shape Tracing Printables for toddler, preschool, pre k, and kindergarten age students. These can be used with dry erase markers or playdough. Make learning shapes fun with these free printable Shape Tracing Printables for toddler, preschool, pre k, and kindergarten age students. These can be used with dry erase markers or playdough.

Learning about shapes are always fun for young children especially if the learning involves hands-on activities like these shape tracing mats! Simply trace the shape or make it even more fun by using play dough to create the shape!

Shape Tracing

Shapes are all around us and young children become aware of it without formal learning. Help them connect the shape name to the shape picture with these fun tracing mats. There are 12 shape tracing mats for you to work on: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, star, heart, pentagon, octagon, hexagon, half circle, oval and diamond.
for this shape tracing activity grab the free printable shape mats, dry erase marker, and playdough

Shape Tracing Printables

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> Download <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie. Now print our FREE shape mats and laminate (or use a dry-erase pocket) to protect the printables and make it re-usable. Cut the mats to individual cards. Provide dry erase markers or play dough / Play-Doh. Whether you are a parent, teacher, homeschooler, or daycare provider you will love these handy, LOW PREP shape printable to make learning fun for toddlers, preschoolers, prek, and kindergartners. Use these as extra practice, summer learning, math centers, seat work, or any other supplemental activity you can think of. use a crayon, pencil, marker, or dry erase marker to practice tracing shapes and shape names with this shape printable for pre k, kindergarten, and first grade students - shown is a triangle

Shape Printables

Simply pick a shape card and decide if you want to trace it with the marker or use play dough OR both.  You can buy playdough or use one of our favorite recipes like our Ice Cream Edible Playdough, Amazing Kool Aid Playdough Recipe, or our simple 2 ingredient playdough. You can even use other small manipulatives to “trace” the shape eg. mini erasers, stickers, or buttons. Some children would prefer using play dough over writing with a utensil, which is still developing those fine motor skills believe it or not! When manipulating play dough, the fine muscles in the fingers and hands get a workout too!
12 free shape mats to learn shapes - featured is a star using yellow playdough

Shape Mat

Roll the play dough into a long snake, then “trace” the shape with the dough. This might be tricky at first, but, practice makes perfect! Encourage the child to also trace the name of the shape with a marker and “reading” the name while doing so. Each one of the free shape mats has a small smiling shape at the top, the shape name to trace, and a large shape to trace at the bottom.  The playdough shape mat is mostly black and white to save on printing with a simple blue border around the shape card.
Free Shape Tracing Printables
Shape tracing mats are versatile and can easily be used by a number of children with different abilities to learn about shapes in a fun way! Pop these shape tracing mats into a bag with markers/play dough and you have a busy bag ready to go!


Shape Activities

Looking for more shape worksheets and activities to make learning about shapes fun? Try these clever resources and ideas:

2d and 3d shape puzzles shape worksheets shapes-bingo


Free Shape Tracing Printables

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Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher.


  • Thank you . I dont usually do worksheets havent for many years. But with teaching in zoom I dont have much to do with my precious class of mostly 4 year olds so these sheets get sent home for them to work on . They love it. They see older siblings .

    • Happy to help! WE have worksheets and hands on activities so we can help now and once you return to the classroom =)

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