Paper Shapes Activity

Shape Activity For Preschoolers

This shape activity for preschoolers requires very simple materials.

It is the perfect project for little kids.

They can exercise their fine motor skills.

They will also learn to visualize different 3 dimensional shapes.

Note that this project requires a lot of eye-hand coordination

Recommend for children above 4 years old.

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Paper Shapes Paper Activity

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

In this paper shapes activity, we will be building a prism and a cube to create a house.



  • scissors
  • adult supervision


  1. First, let's build the prism. Gather your materials. scissors, construction papers, glue
  2. Cut 9 strips of color paper. Make sure they are the same length or otherwise the cube will be crooked. Fold each strip in half lengthwise. strips of color paper
  3. Then create two base shapes. Since we are making a prism, the base shapes are equilateral triangles. using the strips, form a triangle
  4. Glue one strip perpendicularly on each corner of the triangle to make a pole. using the strips, make 2 triangles and one has vertical pillars
  5. Stick the other base onto the 3 poles to finish the prism. a cube and a prism made from the color strips
  6. Now do the same thing for the cube. This time, you need 12 stripes and the base shapes are squares. cube made with paper tubes
  7. Finally, put the two objects together to form a house. house built from color strips

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These cube and prism are colorful and look great.

Kids can use them as decorations in their room.

Don’t forget to learn some geometry along the way.

Key Learning:

  • A prism is comprised of 9 strips. It has 5 flat surfaces – 2 equilateral triangles and 3 squares.
  • A cube is comprised of 12 strips. It has 6 surfaces – all of them are squares.

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