Flashcards are a classic teaching tool for good reasons. If you want to help your kid master 2D shapes, you can’t go wrong with these frugal (not free) printable shapes flashcards PDFs! Choose from two versions—colorful and black and white shape flashcards.
Okay, show of hands, how many of you used flashcards to learn something at some point? Yeah, me too. And while flashcards aren’t exactly known to be the most exciting learning tool in the room, there’s a reason we’ve all used them—they work!
There are a lot of ways in which flashcards are effective, including stimulating “active recall.” When you look at a flashcard and must come up with an answer, you are attempting to remember that answer from scratch (without other context). This is active recall, and it creates stronger neural connections. According to Brainscape, “Some research has found that this kind of active recall retrieval practice leads to 150% better retention than passive studying.”
So in other words, whether you’re trying to teach your kid complex chemistry equations or basic 2D shapes, you can’t go wrong with flashcards! And these frugal (not free) printable shape flashcards PDFs are perfect for tackling those 2D shapes. (I don’t think they’ll help much with chemistry though! 😉 )
These shapes flashcards printable PDFs are part of the 132-page printable shapes worksheets bundle (more on that in a bit). This set of shapes flashcards for toddlers includes two sets of flashcards, black and white and colored, for a total of 20 flashcards covering ten different shapes.
The shapes included on these frugal (not free) shape flashcards are 2D versions of:
Let’s take a closer look at these shapes for kids flashcards as well as some possible alternative uses and shapes learning tools!
Colorful 2D Shapes Flashcards PDFs
Make learning shapes a bright spot in your kid’s day with these colorful shapes flashcards printable PDFs! (Haha, get it—”bright spot?”) Covering the ten shapes mentioned above, each shapes flashcard PDF features an illustration of the shape, the shape’s name, and a bright color.
Tip: You could also use these frugal (not free) shape flashcards to help your child work on his or her colors. Simply have your kid name the shape and the color on each card!
Bonus: As already mentioned, these are frugal but not free printable flashcards. If you simply must stick to your budget, I can respect that! (After all, I’m the FreebieFindingMom!) If you really need free shape flashcards, you can make them using these printables:
In addition to working as free printable shape flashcards PDFs, the posts above have additional information about each shape, including advanced concepts like how to find the area and perimeter. You can also use those printables as shapes coloring sheets!
Black and White Shape Flashcards PDFs
Below is the black and white shape flashcards. Feature-wise, they’re identical to the colorful shapes flashcards printable PDFs just minus the color. But that just means they’re waiting for your kid’s artistic touch! 😉
Tip: Having your child color or otherwise decorate the shapes flashcards black and white printables may help reinforce the visual representation of each shape! Plus, coloring offers other mental and cognitive benefits like refining fine motor coordination and promoting relaxation.
Bonus: Need a break from flashcards? Well, good news, these 2D shapes flashcards PDFs aren’t just flashcards! As already mentioned you can use the black and white shape flashcards as coloring sheets, but another option is to make your own matching game.
To do so, just download two sets of one version of the shapes flashcards for toddlers or one set of each version. Flip the flashcards over (face down). Challenge your kid to find both circles, both triangles, etc.
Note: Using a set of the colored and a set of the black and white shape flashcards PDFs may make this a more challenging game because your child will truly have to match the shape versus the color!
Printable 2D Shapes Flashcards (PDF Downloads) and the Printable Shapes Worksheets Bundle
As already mentioned, these 2D shapes flashcards are part of the 132-page printable shapes worksheets bundle, which includes a variety of shapes worksheets and activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. The printable shapes worksheets bundle includes:
- Printable Shape Tracing Worksheets for Preschool and Kindergarten
- Matching Shapes Worksheets
- Shapes Coloring Pages
- Printable Shapes Worksheets for Kindergarten (PDF Downloads) including Counting Shapes Worksheets and Shape Pattern Worksheets
- Printable Shapes
- Free Printable Shapes Chart: 2D Shapes
- Shapes Flashcards
Can you think of other fun uses for these shapes for kids flashcards or other flashcards? If so share in the comments!