2D Shape Headbands
These headbands are a great way to teach 2D shapes. Make them as you teach each shape. Children will see this shape all day! The following shapes are included: circle, square, rectangle, square, and hexagon
Activities Using 1 Shape Headband:
Call children to get in line or go to different areas in the room by the color they colored their large shape. “All yellow circles go to the rug.”
Pair up children. Each child will name the shape their buddy has on. They will tell if it is a 2D or 3D shape, how many sides it has, and how many vertices it has.
Activities Using All 5 Shape Headband:
Call children to get in line or go to different areas in the room by the shape they have on. “All squares get in line.” Call the children by the number of sides. “All shapes with 4 sides go to your seat.” Call children by the number of vertices they have. “All shapes with 3 vertices go to the rug.”
The teacher can start a pattern with the children and their shape headbands by having them come to the front. She will then ask what shape should come next. Children that have on that shape band will raise their hand. The teacher will call the child to come up. Continue until the pattern is complete.
Have the children sort themselves by shape. Count how many of each shape you have and tell which you have more of, less of, or the same of. Have them sort by how many sides their shape has. Have them sort by how many vertices their shape has.
Pair up children. Each child will name the shape their buddy has on. They will tell if it is a 2D or 3D shape. They will also tell how many sides and vertices their shape has. One child will tell how their buddy’s shape is the same as theirs. The other child will tell how their buddy’s shape is different from theirs.
Children can tell the class about their shape. “I am a rectangle. I am a 2D shape. I have 4 sides. Two of my sides are long and two are short. I have 4 vertices.
Two children with different shape headbands can stand before the class. The class can tell how the 2 shapes are alike and different.
Copy them on card stock. The children will fill in the number 3 on the line to show that the shape is 3D. They will color the shapes and cut them out. Add bands to the headband and staple or tape it around the child’s head. You could use a sentence strip instead of the bands.