Talk about getting a lot of bang for your buck! These free and frugal printable shapes coloring pages allow you to build shape and color recognition with your kid as well as take advantage of all of the cognitive and mental benefits of coloring.
There’s a lot of emphasis on teaching little learners their ABCs and 123s, but shapes and colors for toddlers are also important. In fact, they’re very important. Learning shapes and colors, for toddlers, is key to beginning to recognize the distinctive traits objects have, identifying and sorting “same” and “different” objects, and classifying. Learning shapes can also help build spatial relation skills and build pre-math, specifically geometry, skills.
There are so many different ways you can teach shapes and colors from flashcards to shape tracing worksheets to interactive toys, like those where you try to fit shapes into their corresponding holes. However, a great place to start, which allows you to work on both shapes and colors, is with shapes coloring pages. Plus, with color shapes worksheets, like these, you get to take advantage of all of the benefits of coloring. Coloring can:
- Promote relaxation; this goes for kids and adults!
- Build fine motor coordination.
- Encourage creativity and self expression.
- Help in the development of pre-writing skills by allowing your child learn how to hold utensils and how much pressure to put on the page.
- Build hand-eye coordination.
Yes, a shapes to color printable can do all of that! Keep reading for ten free and six frugal shapes coloring sheets.
Shapes Coloring Pages PDFs: Circle, Diamond, Hexagon, and Octagon
These simple shapes to color printables, featuring a circle, diamond, hexagon, and octagon, are an easy way to get your child acquainted with shapes. Each printable has not only the blank shape but the shape’s name so your child can start associating the word with the visual. Since they’re essentially big open spaces (no fine details) these are easy shapes to color for toddlers and little ones who haven’t fully mastered those fine motor skills just yet. 🙂
Color Shapes Worksheets: Oval and Pentagon
Get your hands on more printable color shapes worksheets, this time featuring two shapes that may be a little more uncommon for your kid—an oval and a pentagon. If you want to keep the good times going, you don’t have to stop with just coloring or decorating these printables. You can also challenge your child to a shape hunt, essentially a scavenger hunt, where he or she must go around the home or yard and look for examples of the shapes they just colored.
Shapes Coloring Sheets: Rectangle, Square, Trapezoid, and Triangle
Rounding out the free shapes coloring sheets are printables featuring a rectangle, square, trapezoid, and triangle. If you want to explore other ways to teach shapes and colors for toddlers, there are colorful shapes printables available that you can use as flashcards for colors or shapes or to create your own matching game. To get those colorful shapes printables as well as to learn more about these shapes, click the links below:
Tip: These posts featuring the colorful shapes printables aren’t just for young children. Each post also features advanced concepts like how to find the area and perimeter of shapes.
Color by Shape Printables
These frugal (not free) color by shapes printables are a touch more challenging than the free shapes coloring pages PDFs above. (The color by shape printables are very similar to free spring color by number printables.) They require your child to not only recognize multiple shapes in each worksheet but to also follow instructions and color them appropriately. These shapes coloring pages are part of the larger printable shapes worksheets bundle; more on that in a second!
These cute color by shape printables are available in color and black and white. The black and white versions give your kid more opportunities to express their creativity, whereas the color versions allow him or her to focus more exclusively on the shapes. What I love about these shapes and colors for toddlers worksheets is that they can help your child start seeing how shapes are all around us. In other words, the printables provide some real life examples of shapes in the wild! 😉
Shapes Coloring Pages PDFs and the Printable Shapes Worksheets Bundle
As already mentioned, these shapes coloring pages PDFs are just one piece of the 132-page printable shapes worksheets bundle, which includes many different shapes worksheets for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. The printable shapes bundle includes:
- Printable Shapes Worksheets for Kindergarten (PDF Downloads) including Counting Shapes Worksheets and Shape Pattern Worksheets
- Printable Shapes