3 Shape Property Games

Sorting Shapes Maths GamesThis is a series of activities and games closely related to the popular Number Properties Clue Game. In this version, however, the focus is on the properties of quadrilaterals.

The downloadable file (see the attachment link below) includes a set of the 16 quadrilaterals that can be created on a 9-pin pegboard and a set of 22 'property cards'.

Print the set onto card and cut the 16 quadrilaterals and all of the property cards into separate items.

Game 1

As a preliminary activity, ask two children to work together; they shuffle the property cards and then select six at random. These become labels against which the quadrilateral images are sorted.

 

Game 2

One child secretly selects a quadrilateral (the remaining cards are placed aside. His partner then chooses Property cards, and asks questions until she is able to identfy the shape.

 

Game 3

The Property cards are shuffled and placed in a face-down pile in the middle of the table. The shape cards are spread out face-up on the table.

Players then take it in turns to reveal the top card on the Property Card pile. The find all of the cards they feel belong to this set and place them in a line in front of them beside the Property card.

The game ends when all of the shape cards have been removed from the centre of the table. The winner is the player with the most shape cards collected in front of them.

Here's a thumbnail image of the 7 page pdf.

shape properties downloadable maths game

We have found that children really enjoy these activites and tend to quickly see ways to adapt them to challenge themselves further. If you use them with your children please let us know how you get on.


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janei's picture

This is a fabulous way to

This is a fabulous way to reinforce shapes, especially for kids who learn more kinesthetically.  My little one will love to use the pegboard.  Much better than a wokrsheet. 
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yoyo123's picture

 good idea, I like the peg

 good idea, I like the peg board effect and chidren can copy the  shapes. Would it be possible to include the instructions/suggestions for games in the PDF?
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johdu's picture

Thanks for you feedback. It

Thanks for you feedback. It is good to know that this maths shape activity has proven useful. I take your point about instructions - we are now making a point of adding tips, ideas and instructions dirctly to the download file so they are together with the resource. We may start back-tracking to add instructions to older resources... but I can't say when we will get to that!  

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 Great for a stand alone

 Great for a stand alone lesson.   I teach one off maths classes to a year 6 class.  This looks great for a revision session on quadrilaterals for this week.  I'll be able to differentiate it and get everyone involved, great!  I think I may also do a "I'm thinking of quadrilateral" game where the children have a print off of the the shapes and I keep giving clues until they identify the shape.  Points can be awarded for the number of clues needed.
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anisal's picture

Super idea for an extension

Super idea for an extension to my lesson tomorrow! Thank you!
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harleyted's picture

 This may be a bit too much

 This may be a bit too much of a challenge for my year 2's but nothing ventured nothing gained. A lesson to introduce new concepts (angles, obtuse and acute) will be needed first!!
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Mcuddihee11's picture

 Great game for me to review

 Great game for me to review with my 8th graders
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agaley's picture

This looks good  - I can't

This looks good  - I can't wait to try it . angela
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Great stuff, thanks! A good

Great stuff, thanks! A good practical activity that's so much better than sitting children down in front of a worksheet  to be completed individually...
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yrangel's picture

I've been away for

I've been away for awhile...but as the end of the year approaches...this is a great math center for my kiddos...best way to review...play and learn.  But they think they are playing ;)
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EmJa0310's picture

Good idea for "Buddy Maths"

Good idea for "Buddy Maths" sessions.
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lsatow's picture

Excellent resource. Game

Excellent resource. Game 2 could be used in reverse as well maybe? A player chooses a property and puts the rest aside, the other player shows shapes in turn and asks if they match the property. They sort each shape into a pile depending on whether they do or don't match the property then deduce the common property.
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pippag's picture

Great resource to support

Great resource to support language of shape. Will be able to use with my Guided group and tick off boxes for APP!  Least able - pelamism because many issue with memory! Will use with most able group and just see if they can produce a Top Trumps game adding more detail
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A-M's picture

 A great way to revisit a

 A great way to revisit a topic we have already covered and ensure the knowledge has been consolidated. Thanks again
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carolyn webb's picture

I think this will be very

I think this will be very useful when working with my SEN child. We covered this today and found it quite tricky, this should be a very helpful tool.
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I like the format of this

I like the format of this game - the pegs/dots make it easy for children to calculate the sides/edges as well as being very visual.
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Tina09's picture

Another little gem! Great,

Another little gem! Great, hands on way to embed learning & build and use vocab. Thanks.
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