2-D shapes

Describing shapes

An activity in describing shapes to someone so they can draw them.

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Quick tips for tutors

  • MSS2/E2.1, E2.2, E2.3
  • This activity practises describing shapes without using the name of the shape. Tutors may wish to adapt this list of banned words for the game as appropriate for the learner.
  • Learners work in pairs, ideally sat back to back so the images can’t be seen by the learner who is drawing. Learners should describe the shapes to their partner by using its main geometrical features, or by comparing it to familiar objects.
  • Partners can swap roles if the shapes are cut out and the person describing has not seen all the shapes.
  • The game can easily be extended by creating further shapes to be drawn.
  • Learners could also play the game by describing everyday objects by only describing their shape and features, but not its name or use (e.g. a bus could be drawn as a rectangle with square windows and two circles for wheels, a cat is a large and small circle with triangles for ears).
  • Comparing the drawn shapes with the originals will provide a prompt for discussion about the shapes, descriptions, position, proximity, etc.