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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Kindergarten
  2. Mathematics
  3. Activities
  4. Making shape pictures
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Making shape pictures

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New Work Samples

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Working Mathematically, Space and Geometry

Description of activity

Students make a picture using different-sized paper shapes, including circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. They glue their picture onto paper and add additional features. Students name the shapes that they have used in their pictures and describe how they have been used.

The suggested time for this activity is 30 minutes.

Suggested materials

Blank paper, different-sized paper shapes, glue
Optional: computer drawing program

Prior learning

Students have sorted two-dimensional shapes according to features including size and shape. They have made pictures using attribute blocks and other concrete materials.

Office of the Board of Studies NSW, Mathematics K–6, Sample Units of Work, p 38


Two-dimensional Space (SGES1.2)
Manipulates, sorts and describes representations of two-dimensional shapes using everyday language
Applying Strategies (WMES1.2)
Uses objects, actions, imagery, technology and/or trial and error to explore mathematical problems
Communicating (WMES1.3)
Describes mathematical situations using everyday language, actions, materials, and informal recordings

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • make a picture using a selection of shapes
  • name two-dimensional shapes
  • describe how different shapes have been used to make a picture
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