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10 Different Ideas to Help your Child Learn about Shapes in Arabic Language

Updated: Sep 25, 2019

Learning about shapes is a fun and interesting topic for small children. The idea behind identifying and recognizing different shapes is developing the child's cognitive skills, like discovery and imagination, problem solving and mathematics. Here are 10 different ideas which can help your child learn about shapes in Arabic language:



1- You can use play dough to mold the different shapes together. Remember to say the word for each shape out loud and repeat it as often as possible. For example, "Mothallath" is the word in Arabic for triangle. Make sure you say "Mothallath" loud and clear and whenever you get a chance: "I am going to make "Mothallath" now… Can you also make "Mothallath" like me? That's a nice looking "Mothallath"…" You could also point out any "Mothallath" or triangular shapes in the home environment.


2- Hide some shapes in a box filled with salt or streamers, and ask the child to find the shape you call out in Arabic. You will need to use a print out with the Arabic names of the shapes and their pictures for this purpose. You can tick each shape and reward them with a small treat or sticker once they have discovered them all. You can also take turns, so that the child can hold the paper, and point and call out in Arabic the shape you have to find. Of course, they would need assistance in the beginning, and remember as I always say, repeat, repeat and repeat.



3- Simply use colored chalks and draw together each shape and call out the name of the shape in Arabic. Again, you may wish to use a print out with the shapes and their Arabic names as a visual aid.


4- Learn about shapes by trying to find household items that match each unique shape. For example, a roll of tape or a CD can be a circle or "Da'era", a book or tissue box can be a rectangle or "Mostateel", etc.


5- Print some learning shapes in Arabic worksheets from Google. The child can have fun learning about shapes through simple exercises of tracing, coloring and connecting.

6- Use YouTube to listen to Arabic nursery songs and rhymes about shapes.





7- Use snack time to learn about shapes, for example use pretzel sticks to make squares, rectangles and triangles. You can make a "shapes house" sandwich, using a piece of bread as the square part, a triangular cheese slice for the roof, a rectangular luncheon meat slice for the door, and circular pickle slices for the windows.


8- Use your arms and body language to create the different shapes. Ask your child to try and do the same. Remember with each activity to call out the names in Arabic and REPEAT them as often as possible.


9- Print out some free Arabic Shapes Learning Flashcards to assist you with your child with their learning.


10- Use screen games on tablets or mobile phones to help your child learn about shapes in Arabic: click here for apple and here or here for android.


I hope you enjoy the fun filled activities to learn Arabic with your child and bond with them. Remember to repeat and keep using the new vocabulary you have learnt. Don't forget to subscribe to the blog to stay updated. You can also like us on Facebook.


You can use this mini-guide for your reference. Follow this link for more shapes in Arabic and their exact pronunciation


Basic Shapes (Ashkal أشكال) in Arabic (Shakl شكل in singular):

دائرة Dā’erah = Circle

مستطيل Mustatīl = Rectangle

مربع Murabba’ = Square

مثلث Muthallath =  Triangle

نجمة Najmah = Star

قلب Qalb = Heart

هلال Hilal = Crescent

معين Mu’ayyan = Rhombus/ Diamond

خماسي الأضلاع /خماسي Khomāsī = Pentagon

سداسي الأضلاع /مسدس Mosaddas = Hexagonal

بيضوي Baydawey = Oval











You can save these flashcards directly or download them as a PDF file or eBook by CLICKING HERE.

For parents or tutors who can read Arabic, you can download and read a simple short story about shapes in Arabic by CLICKING HERE.

You may also wish to watch our Shapes YouTube video by CLICKING HERE.

Remember, all learning material is also available for free direct download on the Downloads page.



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