Plant Shape Sorting for Preschool and Kindergarten

Learning shapes is a great math exercise for preschool and kindergarten.

Shapes are a great base for learning more complicated math later on.

Not to mention – sorting and identifying shapes can help many other skills along the way.

We decided to combine shapes and plants for a fun garden theme.

Read a Great Garden Book

We recently read The Curious Garden by Peter Brown, which is an incredible book.

It is one of our favorite books and we read it quite often. 

In the Curious Garden, a little boy (named Liam) begins to curate a garden in his city. Over time the garden grows, and grows and grows.

Not only is the story engaging but the illustrations are gorgeous. And comparing the city at the beginning and the end is sure to start some discussions.

We decided to use the story as an inspiration for some shape sorting.

How to Set Up Your Plant Shape Sorting

First, you need to gather your materials:

  • 4+ Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Tubes
  • Construction Paper

Alternately, use this fun printable to do this activity!


Start by cutting construction paper to fit around the toilet paper tubes (if you want to cover them). These are the pots for the plants.

Then cut out plant shapes and tape to the inside of the TP tube pots.

Finally, cut out a lot shapes. We tried to have at least 2-3 shapes to match each of the plants.

For preschool, stick to some of the more basic ones. For kindergarten, consider adding more shapes.

Here’s our list of shapes:

  • Circle
  • Square
  • Triangle
  • Oval
  • Rectangle
  • Pentagon
  • Octagon
  • Heart
  • Crescent
  • Hectagon
  • Heart
  • Trapezoid
  • Parallelogram
  • Rhombus (diamond)

We used the extra shapes to “feed” and “water” our shape plants.

Naturally, the circle plant only liked circle food and water, the rectangle plant only liked rectangle plant and water, and so on.  Royal really enjoyed the sorting for a bit.  The rest of the day he insisted on carrying his Triangle Plant with him everywhere.


The blooper reel.  Logi-Bear really wanted to play along but he didn’t quite know what to do!  He did get a bit of fine motor practice in by trying to put shapes in the pots too!

Download the Printable Version

You can get the printable version here.

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