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Shape Up: A Fun and Engaging Game to Develop Counting and Visual-Spatial Skills.

Welcome to Shape Sorting Race, a fun and engaging game that helps students develop their counting and visual-spatial skills by sorting and grouping shapes based on their characteristics. By playing this game, students will become more confident in their ability to count and recognize shapes, which is an essential skill for early math development. The game also promotes collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills, making it an excellent way to reinforce these important academic skills. Get ready to race, sort, and group your way to success!

Academic Benefits:

Playing Shape Sorting Race can have several academic benefits for students, including:

Developing Counting and Number Recognition Skills: Students practice counting and number recognition skills by sorting and grouping shapes. This helps them to understand the concept of numbers and their relationships to one another.

Improving Visual-Spatial Skills: Sorting and grouping shapes based on their characteristics requires visual-spatial skills. By playing the game, students strengthen these skills and become better at recognizing patterns and shapes.

Promoting Collaboration and Communication Skills: The game requires students to work together in teams, promoting collaboration and communication skills. By working together, students can exchange ideas, problem-solve, and build stronger relationships with one another.

Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills: Sorting and grouping shapes can require critical thinking skills, such as classification and deduction. By playing the game, students can strengthen these skills and apply them to other academic areas.

Shape Sorting Race is an excellent way to make counting and sorting practice more fun and engaging for students. It promotes critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, all of which are essential for academic success.

Game Title: Shape Sorting Race

Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten

Objective: To reinforce the concept of sorting and grouping shapes based on their characteristics and to practice counting and number recognition.


  • Shape cutouts (circle, square, triangle)

  • A timer

  • Container to hold the shapes

  • Large playing surface (such as a table or the floor).


  1. Divide the students into two teams and designate a playing area for each team.

  2. Place the shape cutouts in the container and place it in the center of the playing area.

  3. Explain that each team must sort and group the shapes as quickly as possible and count the number of shapes in each group.

  4. Start the timer and instruct the teams to begin sorting and grouping the shapes.

  5. Once a team has sorted all the shapes, they must raise their hands and say, "We're done!"

  6. Stop the timer and have each team count the number of shapes in each group.

  7. The team with the correct number of shapes in each group and the shortest time wins.

  8. Repeat the game as many times as desired, with teams switching playing areas and shapes being mixed up each time.


  1. Increase the difficulty level by adding more shapes or using shapes with more sides (such as hexagons or octagons).

  2. Add a challenge by requiring each group to have a specific number of shapes (such as groups of 3 or 4).

  3. Incorporate movement by having students race to grab the shapes and sort them.

  4. Change the rules so that the team with the most shapes in each group wins instead of the team with the correct number of shapes.

Shape Sorting Race is a fantastic game that promotes counting, visual-spatial, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills while having fun. If you are interested in using this game in your classroom, check out the full lesson plan and other teaching resources in the Counting and Visual-Spatial Skills category. Click here to access these valuable resources and start enhancing your students' academic skills today!

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