This is a set of plastic shapes I picked up locally. Cheap and versatile. My favorite kind of thing.
Shapes are a bit tricky. My students are just learning the concept of shapes in their own language. It makes it a bit hard to add another language and even more difficult to try to explain the different between a square and rectangle. Like most concepts, it’s best taught through ad nauseam.
I focus on three major shapes: CIRCLE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE
I touch on others: RECTANGLE, STAR, HEART
While a bit challenging to teach, it has its rewards. After a child has learned their shapes, they then can use them in conversations and sentence forming.
“Give me the triangle.”
“Draw a green square.”
“Find the rectangle.”
“Circle the right letter.”
There are countless resources for teaching shapes. I suggest Googling “preschool shapes” and picking one that suits your style.
There are also endless activities with shapes. I like to use a handheld dry erase board and let the students draw the shapes I say. Or using only shapes draw a picture such as a house.