Roll and Color Shapes

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We love learning games that let us roll dice and we love to color. This roll and color shapes game is the best of both worlds!

The motivating 2D shape game is perfect for preschoolers and early kindergarteners who need to build confidence in recognizing and naming their shapes. It is sure to be a hit with your kids, too!  While you’re practicing your shapes, check out our Pattern Block Mats in our shop!

Getting Ready

This game is fairly simple to prepare, as the die takes just a few minutes to make!

First, I printed the recording sheet (below) and made enough copies for each of my students to play the game.

Then, I printed the die and laminated it so that it wouldn’t tear or get too dented.

Finally, I folded the die on the dotted lines and taped on the edges to create a cube. I just used basic clear tape that I had on hand, and the die held up fairly well. Plus, it was easy to repair when needed!

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Roll and Color Shapes

This game is great to play solo, in partners, or in a small group. Since I wanted to focus on naming and matching shapes with a few students, I played in a small group where we took turns rolling, naming, and then all coloring the shape.

If you print multiple copies of the die, it would be great for independent work or a math center!

We grabbed the die and gave it a quick roll. It landed on a rectangle, so we all said the name together – “rectangle” and then hunted for it on our paper, coloring it when we found it.

Time to roll again! This time we rolled a hexagon, so we repeated its name, then found and colored it as well.

This game is perfect for beginners to shapes, as the shapes are all the same orientation and not rotated in any way. The focus here is matching and naming, then as kids get familiar with shapes, we move onto identifying them no matter which way they are turned.

This game was a hit and highly requested! The kids loved rolling and coloring, and I loved that they were getting those shapes down!

Roll a shape game!

Grab Your Download

Ready to join in and roll some shapes?! Click the blue button below to grab your free copy of Roll a Shape and then hop over and grab our Pattern Block Mats in our shop for more shape fun!



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13 Comments

  1. Hi, how can I download the roll a shape activity – I don’t see a link. thanks

  2. Hi, How do I download the Roll a Shape activity? thanks

  3. How can I download roll a shape game. It says free download but I do not see a link anywhere.

    1. Hi! Thanks for reaching out, I am happy to help! Just scroll down to the bottom of the post and click that blue “download here” button. Since the Roll and Cover Shapes are a subscriber freebie (like all of our free printables) you’ll enter your first name and email address in the pop-up box and voila! The Roll and Color Shapes will load. Enjoy! – Kimberleigh

  4. I love this! I was wondering if there was any way to do one with a rhombus/diamond and octagon instead of the hexagon and trapezoid? We teach circle, square, rectangle, heart, star, octagon and rhombus. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jill,
      Thanks for reaching out!
      Unfortunately, we do not have a printable version with those specific shapes. However, you can check out this round-up of SHAPE ACTIVITIES at our sister site, The STEM Laboratory, to see if there’s something that would work for you.
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

    1. You are very welcome, Brittany!
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  5. I clicked the blue download button and entered my info, but it keeps taking me to an error page and says it can’t be found. Would you be able to email me a copy?

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