Practice shapes and colors with this fun geometric shapes train activity! Free printable to use with felt, colored paper, or crayons or markers.
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Geometric Shapes Train
Like most children, my kids love playing with shapes and they love trains, so I decided to make some shapes for our felt board that they could then use to build a geometric shapes train. Using geometric shapes to make pictures is an excellent math activity for kids! We love doing this with our pattern blocks, but felt is sometimes easier for younger children to use because the pieces don’t slide around.
Geometric Shapes Train Printable
Here is the design I created – way back when my oldest daughter Emma was only two years old!
The image above links to this geometric shapes printable that you can use to make your own set at home.
Here is the felt train Emma, then Johnny, and then Lily spent hours playing with as small children.
Fast forward nine years, and I pulled this activity out again for my daughter Anna to go along with this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids pick , Freight Train by Donald Crews. We are in the middle of packing, and our felt board and felt were stuck in boxes. I printed the page out, and Anna colored and counted her way through the activity.
You can also cut the shapes out of colored paper and glue them together to create a train.
More Geometric Shape Activities
My kids loved this train activity so much that I made a few more shape templates when my older kids were small. You’ll notice that most of them are transportation themed. Kids are fascinated by things that move!
More Shape Activities for Kids
Here are some more fun ways to explore shapes with your kids:
- Play with a geoboard
- Make contact paper shape art
- Explore clothespin geometry
- Get creative with geometric shapes
More Transportation Themed Learning Fun for Kids
Are you following along with the Virtual Book Club for Kids? Here are some more fun transportation themed learning activities to enjoy after reading Freight Train.
- Geometric Shapes Truck
- Geometric Shapes Boat
- DIY Light Up Space Shuttle
- Car Tape Pretend Play
- Train Cake
- Easy DIY Christmas Train
- Monster Truck Counting Printables
- Transportation Play Dough Mat
- Freight Train Counting Mat
- Preschool Alphabet Train
- Freight Train Drawing Prompt for Toddlers
- Train Track Card Game for Preschoolers
- Chocolate Train Cookies
Check out two of our favorite transportation themed toys:
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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
12 thoughts on “Geometric Shapes Train and Transportation Themed Learning Activities”
Love all the fun things that can be made with geometric shapes!
It always amazed me my kids were never that into felt board stuff, because it seems right up their alley.
That surprised me, too.
I love your train! Can I turn it into a softie?
Absolutely! Let me know if you post about it, and I’ll add your link in here :)
This looks like a set you would purchase! Very professional! It would make a nice holiday gift too! Maybe for a teacher at a preschool?
I made a simpler version of this for my son when he was younger that I’ve been meaning to blog about, but I love this more complex version too. I’ll have to see if he’s ready for something like this now.
I would love to see your simpler version!
Cute! Fun travel idea too.
what a great idea. reminds me of a fantastic set of wooden shapes with corresponding stack of photos of the shapes set up. this is the same idea, but much easier to do at home. fantastic!
I love this idea!
Ooh- I have a three year old who would love that. Hmmm. I also have a bunch of felt…Thanks!
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