The visual elements

Media and activities for shape


  • Wax crayon
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Felt tip
  • Biros


  • Look at, discuss and describe shapes around the room
  • Make a class collection of the shapes seen on a large piece of paper
  • Make individual shape collections in drawing using a collection of e.g. keys, spoons, leaves etc. from a ‘shape box’
  • Invent a new shape with an unusual outline using bits from some of the shapes you have already drawn, and new bits of your own to make a shape with an unusual outline
  • Draw a large shape with small shapes inside, outside, next to
  • Draw outline shapes of hands, feet, fruit and vegetables
  • Draw outside and inside shapes of fruit and vegetables
  • Draw the outline shape of the school – add shapes to it inside and out – large and small
  • Record repeating shapes that are in the environment and use those repeating shapes to make a pattern
  • Draw the spaces between, under and inside shapes that will reveal a shape e.g. a chair