Exploring Shapes with Yarn

Exploring Shapes with Yarn

Welcome to another Early Childhood Educational activity, this is where a group of educators and parents share some free hands-on early educational activities for you to try with your early learner ages 2-5. Last week we explored Forest Habitat and this week the team is exploring Shapes.

This week we are exploring shapes. My girls love to point out the different shapes in other objects and they love to create using shapes. We love that we can draw, paint, sculpt anything we like using just the basic shapes. Last week I gave my girls some yarn and told them we were going to be using it for the week to explore shapes. We had a great time and these are just to of the activities that we had fun doing.


Please excuse the photos. I am not great at taking them and we are retaking photos today.

Making shapes on a geoboard

Straight Lined Shapes using Geoboard


I had seen all these geoboards everywhere, and all I could see were straight lined shapes all in the boards.

  • Box
  • Push pins
  • Ruler
  • Yarn

Yarn Geoboard Shapes


  1. Measure the bottom of the box
  2. Take the ruler and line the push pins 3-4 inches apart vertically and horizontally ( when done should look like you have lots of squares on the box)
  3. Now that you have your geoboard setup let’s play with it.


We used some shape cards that I created last year and we tried to copy the shapes on the geoboard using the yarn. This was fun. After they were done with the cards they started to get creative and come up with their own designs using only straight lines shapes.

Yarn Shapes

Yarn Shapes

For this, all you need is some yarn. We took some yarn and made lots of shapes all over the room, some big and some small.

Ziplining Shapes

Yarn ZiplineMaterials:

  • Yarn
  • Shape cards
  • Paperclip
  • Tape/pushpin

This is a pretty cool game. Take your yarn and fasten it to a wall, chair or something sturdy. Tape some shapes to paperclips and your ready.

To play:

  1. Call out a shape
  2. Have child slip the paper clip on the line and push it down to you.

These were some of the games that my girls liked last week, I hope that you enjoyed.

Exploring Shapes with Yarn

For more Shape activities check out the activities from the #TeachECE team.

Shiny Showy Shapes Alliteration Fun by Growing Book by Book

Roll and Cover The Shapes Alphabet Activity by Mom Inspired Life

Shapes Preschool Theme Sand Writing Tray by Learning 2 Walk

Mixing Shapes with Our Bodies – Group Activity by Capri + 3

Shape Sensory Squish Bag by Still Playing School

Shape I Spy for Preschoolers: Free Printable by Life Over C’s

Playdough Shapes Building Challenge for Preschoolers by The Preschool Toolbox Blog

DIY Shapes Puzzle by Munchkins and Moms

Preschool Shape Hunt Activities by Fun-A-Day

18 Responses to Exploring Shapes with Yarn

  1. Danielle says:

    My son would absolutely love zipling shapes!! Great idea!

  2. Theresa says:

    What a wonderful early math activity! I imagine they could make many different art creations when they are done creating shapes.
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  3. Long Ladies says:

    Oh what a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a fun exploration activity.
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  5. Alecia says:

    This looks so easy to put together! I know my kids are going to love it. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  6. Clarissa says:

    I’d love to see more of your zip lining idea! Share more!
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    • Natasha says:

      LOL, That was the most fun and the loudest game we played that week. It brought out their competitive side. Everyone wanted to get their letter down the lines first.

  7. Emma says:

    I’ve never seen a geoboard with yarn! Now I have an idea for all that yarn I’ve been saving, lol! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot!
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  8. Such great ideas! I have tons of yarn! #Laugh&Learn
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