Students cut out squares, triangles and rectangles quite easily. To practice more difficult shapes such as diamonds and circles, we cut out the shapes step-by-step. To cut out circles, students drew circles on their paper first, then cut out their drawing. To cut out diamonds, students folded their paper in half and cut out a triangle on the fold. When opened, it makes a diamond.
Students glued down their shapes on the paper wherever they wanted. Some students created strategic patterns while others just glued them down randomly.
To practice drawing shapes and to focus on repetitional drawing, the Kinders traced around each shape over and over and over until the entire page was filled with a pattern. They had the choice of which colors to use.