I learn best when I can feel, touch, or experience something….and many kids do too. Today, I have some printable shape cards for you and I will show you how you can add some texture to the shape cards. Kids can trace the textured shapes with their fingers to get some sensory input as they learn each shape.
You can make your own shape cards by drawing shapes on index cards. If you would like my free printable shape cards, I can send them directly to your inbox.
I like to print the cards on brightly colored card stock. Once you have them printed, there are many ways that you can add textures to the shapes.
Sand Shape Cards
To make sand textured shapes I added a line of glue to the outline of each shape. I sprinkled some colored sand onto the wet glue and shook off the excess sand.
I let the glue and sand dry and added a second line of glue on top of the sand. I could still feel the texture of the sand after applying the second layer of glue. I just think that it helped the sand stick better.
Rhinestone Shape Cards
I found this “rhinestone” ribbon in the cake decorating section of my craft store. I easily cut it into single strips of rhinestones so that I could add a line of bling to a set of cards.
It was a little tricky to add the rhinestones to the curved shapes, but I liked the end result. I call them rock star shapes!
Glitter Glue Shape Cards
I don’t mind using glitter in a classroom, but I don’t really like to use it in my home. With glitter glue, however, I was able to get some bling on my cards without the glittery mess.
Additional Texture Ideas
In addition to the ideas pictured above, you could also add texture to the shapes with yarn, twine, ribbon, rubber bands, plastic grass, raffia, twigs, etc.
Shape Tracing Cards
You don’t want to add texture to your shape cards? No problem! You can laminate the little cards so that kids can practice making the shapes with a dry erase marker or crayon.
You can use the shape cards individually, but I like the idea of binding them together. In the examples in the picture below I used a hold punch and binder rings to create shape rings. I also used a binding machine (my newest addiction) to bind some of the sets into little books.
I hope that you enjoy using these little shape cards. I would love to hear how you use them.
More Shape Activities
You can find additional shape activities in my store. Click on the images below to check out each resource.