SHAPE ROBOT – Exploring Geometric Shapes

Students create a robot using geometric shapes cut out of construction paper.

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1


Art Techniques
Language Arts
Visual Arts


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Newspapers Scrap Paper Scissors Crayola Glue Sticks Student Made Papers Construction Paper

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SHAPE ROBOT – Exploring Geometric Shapes - Step One

Step One

  1. Cut out lots of different geometric shapes to make your robot.
  2. You could:
    - Trace the shapes with the shape tracers;
    - Draw the shapes by yourself; or
    - Cut the shapes out without drawing them first.
SHAPE ROBOT – Exploring Geometric Shapes - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Glue the shapes to black construction paper to create your robot.
  2. Glue shapes on top of other shapes to get interesting effects. 
SHAPE ROBOT – Exploring Geometric Shapes - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Add googly eyes.
  2. Give your robot a name.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify 4 geometric shapes;
  2. Work independently and self-regulate;
  3. Create personal responses to the centre materials;
  4. Share their ideas with peers; and
  5. Demonstrate a sense of accomplishment.


  1. Have children create a 3-dimensional robot out of a variety of boxes and Crayola Model Magic.


  1. Gather all materials listed under requirements.
  2. Prepare shapes according to the age of students in your class. See notes under step 2.
  3. Gather books about shapes, for example, When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins, by Rhonda Gowler Greene, Shape by Shape, by Suse MacDonald, A Circle Here, A Circle There, by David Diehl
  4. Gather books about robots, for example, Boy + Bot, by Ame Dyckman, The Robot Alphabet, by Amanda Baehr Fuller, Clink, by Kelly DiPucchio
  5. Download the Shape and Form posters available on this website,


  1. Conduct a read-aloud with one of the shape books, for example, A Circle Here, A Square There, by David Diehl. 
  2. Discuss geometric shapes children are familiar with, and record their information on a chart story that includes words and pictures. Aim to have circle, triangle, square and rectangle recorded.
  3. Look in your classroom and around the school for objects that represent various geometric shapes. 
  4. Encourage children to notice how many shapes are in front of or behind other shapes.
  5. Help children discover that some shapes are 2-dimensional (planar) and some are 3-dimensional (solids).
  6. On your walk note every time you see an object that is one of the chart story shapes. When you return from your walk add the new objects to the chart paper. 
  7. Compare how many of each shape you found.
  8. Read one of the robot books.
  9. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Make a 2-dimensional robot using lots of different geometric shapes.
  2. Use your imagination to make your robot unique.
  3. Glue paper shapes so they stick in place.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    - use at least 4 different geometric shapes
    - glued shapes stick in place
    - shapes are glued on top of other shapes
    - paper is in good condition
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. From time to time ask students to stop and view their work from a bit of a distance so they can see it with 'fresh eyes'.
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.
  7. Ask students to give their robot a name when they have finished making it.


  1. Place students in groups of 3 or 4 and ask them to share their robots with each other. Ask students to share:
    the shapes they used to make their robot
    - why they used the shapes they used
    - their robot's name
  2. Display all the robots in the classroom.
  3. Encourage students to view all the robots and notice how they are the same, and how they are different.


  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience. (Download - ROBOT.tracking.pdf)
  3. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download - ROBOT_self-assessment.pdf)