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Practice Geometry with Shape Riddles!

Fourth Grade Geometry Activities: Practice Geometry with Shape Riddles!

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A fun guessing game to build your child’s geometry vocabulary, this can be played anywhere – long car trips are especially good!

What You Need:

  • Nothing — just the names and descriptions of a few geometric shapes

What You Do:

  1. Tell your child that you’re going to play a riddle game called “What Shape am I?”. You will start by providing a certain number of clues about a geometric shape. Decide with your child how many clues you want to provide (3-4 is a good start). Try to incorporate as many geometric terms as you can for your clues. For example, if you’ve picked a square, you might give your child clues like:
    • I am a quadrilateral
    • All my sides are equal in length
    • I have four right angles
    • What Shape am I?
  2. Based on your clues your child will guess the geometric shape. Then, your child can think of a different shape and come up with clues of his or her own. For a challenge, keep increasing the number of clues each player needs to provide. Here’s another example with 5 clues:
    • I am a polygon
    • I am a quadrilateral
    • I only have one pair of parallel sides
    • I have two acute angles
    • I have two obtuse angles
    • What Shape am I? (A trapezoid)
  3. Continue playing until your child has a good grasp of geometric terms, and can maybe even stump you!
Vanessa Genova DeSantis has been teaching for fourteen years in public and private school settings in grades 4-8. She's also an educational freelance writer as well as a private tutor for elementary, middle and high school students.

Updated on Oct 4, 2012
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