Math Game: Geometric Shapes {Hands on Math}

Here’s a great math game to help your child have fun while learning.   Blocks in geometric shapes can make a great learning tool, especially when a mystery bag is involved.

Read on and you’ll see why Kids Activities Blog thinks little kids will just love this hands on math game.

Math Game

Children learn so much through sensory play and tactile exploration. The hands on exploration in this mystery bag game is a wonderful way to teach spacial awareness through a fun math game. It also introduces basic concepts in geometry and size.

Geometric Shapes

For this activity, all you need are some building blocks and a small bag. Choose blocks in a variety of shapes and sizes. Begin by showing your child all of the blocks. Let your child hold them. Talk about their size, whether they are pointed (such as a pyramid), round (such as a sphere or cylinder) or straight (rectangles and squares). Make observations about any blocks that might be similar but not exactly the same such as the large and small triangle in the set of blocks pictured above. Ask your child questions about the shapes and have them describe the shapes in their own words.

After examining the blocks, place them inside the bag. Ask your child to close their eyes or turn their head so they cannot see the bag, and then dip their hand into the bag. Ask your child to retrieve a particular block. The child then needs to search through the bag using only their sense of touch to find the block that you have requested.

Hands on Math

Another way to play is for your child to retrieve a random block from the bag and, keeping their eyes closed, they need to guess which block they have pulled from the bag.

This game can also be adapted for different ages and skill sets simply by changing the shapes of the blocks that are use and the number of blocks that are included in the bag.

Instead of asking for a particular block to be retrieved, try asking for a round shape, or a pointed shape.

For another spatial awareness activity, ask your child to sort the blocks according to size.

More Kids Activities

What is your child’s favorite math game?  How are they learning about geometrical shapes?  For more mathematically brilliant kids activities (that are actually fun too), take a look at these ideas: