Arts & Crafts

Basic Shape People

Basic Shape People
Photo by: masamom

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Encourages kids to explore basic shapes to model the human body

20 minutes
18 - 60 months
Group size
0 - 8 tots


  • 1 Yellow paper circle
  • 3 Red paper squares (1 Whole Square & 2 squares cut in half)
  • 1 Green paper triangle
  • 1 Pair of safety scissors
  • 1 Gluestick
  • 1 Orange paper bow
  • 1 Brown paper hat
  • 1 Piece of plain paper
  • 1 Marker (Any Color)


  1. Ask child to name each shape as you lay them down.
  2. Encourage child to move shapes around until the shapes model the human body. The circle represents the head. The triangle represents the upper body. The square represents lower body.
  3. Help child glue the circle, triangle, and one square in the correct order.
  4. Use the remaining two squares (which should be cut in half to make four pieces total) to represent arms and legs.
  5. Help child to glue arms and legs in the correct places in any position he or she likes.
  6. Encourage child to decorate the body with the bow and/or hat.
  7. Help child draw on circles for eyes, a triangle for a nose, and a rectangle for a mouth.
Prior to beginning activity, consider tracing circle, triangle, and squares on paper. Then, have younger kids glue down matching shapes to create the body.
Older kids could decorate bodies further by drawing on clothes or making clothing from colored paper.
Tips & Tricks
Use pre-cut adhesive foam shapes instead of cutting out your own shapes.

Developmental skills