Adding shapes and numbers

Here’s a free downloadable worksheet that you can use in your home or classroom to teach addition to your children or students. With this mathematics activity your students will be adding together numbers and different shapes to come up with a final answer.

For this activity, children are asked to write their answers in the form of numbers (printed numerals). However, if you like, they can also write their answers in the form of a total number of shapes – they may not have space to do this on the math worksheet, but if you are using math journals as part of your school or homeschool curriculum these can be used for answering the questions.

Teaching addition with shapes

Using this particular addition worksheet can help you to teach addition as it reinforces the concept that numbers are made up of units. On one hand, you have a numeral that a child then needs to add to a collection of individual units adding up to a number, visit Most kids will start with the unit on the left hand side of the equation and then count the number of shapes on the right hand side of the equation until they reach the answer to the math problem.

If you’re using this worksheet as part of a public or private school curriculum, you might want to have your children complete the problems and then work through them together on the blackboard or on a whiteboard in front of the classroom. Together you can start with the numeral and then “count the shapes” in unison until arriving upon the answer.