When my son was 11 months old, he was given a shape sorting toy for Christmas. Almost daily we would play with the toy together. I would state the name of the shapes and describe them to him. But for some reason, at 19-months-old, he still struggles with identifying shapes though he can identify 2/3 of the letters of the alphabet, many colors, and even some numbers. For that reason, I decided to devote some added energy to creating some shape-based art projects for him. And since it’s fall, I felt inspired to create them with the season in mind. You can do them, too! Here’s how:

It’s Falling Shapes!



You will need:

  • at least 15 circles, triangles, and squares cut out of red, yellow, and orange construction paper
  • one sheet of construction paper for the background (any color)
  • crayons, markers, or paint
  • glue

1. On the separate full-size piece of construction paper, draw a tree. (You can also trace your child’s forearm and fingers, which will look like a tree’s trunk and branches.) If your child is old enough, have him or her color it.

2.  Introduce each shape to your child. Then, tell your child to add them to the tree, one shape at a time.





Leaf Stained Glass 


You will need:

  • red, yellow, and orange tissue paper
  • two sheets of wax paper
  • two sheets of black construction paper
  • glue
  • scissors

1. Free-hand or trace a leaf onto both sheets of black construction paper and wax paper, then cut it out. Using the scissors, poke a hole in the center of the construction paper cut-outs only. Cut about one inch from the outside of the leaf to create a frame for your artwork.

2. Cut at least 15 circles, squares, and triangles out of the tissue paper.

3. On one piece of the leaf-shaped wax paper, put an ample amount of glue.

4. Add the shapes!

5. Place the second piece of wax paper on top, and glue around the outside to secure. Then, add frame on top of both pieces of wax paper. Hang your stained glass in a window.


Mr. Geo Spider’s Web


You will need:

  • marker
  • ruler
  • construction paper
  • scissors

1. To make the spider’s web, start by drawing a square, using the ruler and marker. Then, draw triangles, starting from each corner. Continue until the entire sheet is filled with triangles.


2. Cut out two circles, one big and one little, and eight strips to form the spider’s body. Construct the spider, using glue to secure.

3. Cut out one square and one long rectangle from a differently colored sheet of construction paper. This is a great chance to introduce the shape rectangle to your child if you haven’t already. Attach to spider with glue.

4. Cut out four small triangles, two for the teeth and two for a bow on the hat, and two small circles for the eyes. Glue the shapes in place.


Rectangle Mummy


You will need:

  • gauze, cut into rectangular strips
  • one rectangular piece of black construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • glue

1. Lay the sheet of construction paper flat. Glue the eyes in place.

2. Arrange the gauze as desired across the paper to form a mummy. Attach with glue.

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3 Responses to 4 Fall-Inspired, Shape-Based Art Projects

  1. Suzanne says:

    These are all super cute ideas, but I think the stained-glass leaf is my favorite. Fun way to use shapes.

  2. Lindsay says:

    Oh I love these projects. We will be making that stained glass leaf, it is beautiful.

  3. Tanaya says:

    Such cute, creative ideas! I love the shape tree for my 18 month old. That is a great way to get him better acquainted with shapes and colors.

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