What shape theme is more fun than Santa? He’s a big jolly fellow, even when his face is shaped like a trapezoid.
My kids have always welcomed any activity that involves playdough. And generally, any hands-on activity.
I’m all about bringing fun into learning. I know when I saw these shape Santa’s that they needed to be turned into fun activities.
Santa Shape Activities for Preschoolers
At a glance:
- Shape Playdough Cards
- Shape Clip Cards
- Matching Shape Cards
- Two-piece Shape Puzzles
- Shape Tracing Cards
- Lamination Sheets
- Dry Erase Marker
- Playdough (Red and white)
Santa Shape Playdough Cards
I love combining playdough and learning. The sensory and hands-on aspect just helps my kids focus so much better. That’s why I made general shape playdough mats many years ago.
There’s nothing like getting to include a theme with learning though. And Santa is one of my favorite themes. The theme always ends up happy and colorful.
There is a playdough shape card for each shape in the set.
I recommend laminating these cards. Playdough is just moist enough that it will tear up your paper. The laminating will help the cards last a lot longer.
I encourage kids to roll out strips to cover the dashed line. But covering the whole shape is fine too! For an extra fine motor boost – use fingertips to smush the playdough.
Santa Shape Clip Cards
Clip cards are such a great way to practice a lesson while also working on fine motor skills.
And adding in a prop, like clothespins, just entices my kids even more.
I love how simple they are, too. The kids already know what to do. Clip the shape that matches!
Matching Santa Shape Cards
As a kid, I was the queen of the memory game. My parents still tell my kids I was undefeated.
Matching games are great for the preschool age. It helps them work on their attention to detail while also focusing on the skill you’re trying to learn – in this case, matching shapes.
**Print these cards double-sided to get the green on the back**
You can also use these cards for simple matching. Just flip them over with the shapes up and match the Santa shape with the plain shape.
Two-Piece Santa Shape Puzzles
My kids love puzzles. And when they were young, they especially enjoyed activities they could do without help. Like matching puzzles.
Just cut these out and let your kids match them together!
Shape Tracing Cards
If you want to combine handwriting skills and learning about shapes these cards are perfect.
Laminate them first and use a dry-erase marker so they are reuseable!
Just have your kids trace the cards and count the sides.
Where to Buy the Santa Shape Set
This set is available on Teachers Pay Teachers and my own store. Check them out below