Can You Draw This?

Early Years/Primary (Age 3 – 9)

Curriculum Goal

Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

  • Describe, sort, classify, build, and compare two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures, and describe the location and movement of objects through investigation (#17).
  • Apply the mathematical processes to support the development of mathematical thinking, to demonstrate understanding, and to communicate thinking and learning in mathematics, while engaged in play-based learning and in other contexts (#20).

Primary: Spatial Sense

  • Compose and decompose various structures, and identify the two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional objects that these structures contain.


  • Students are sitting at tables or on carpet with a hard surface to draw on – they must all have a clear view of teacher or interactive whiteboard.


  • Sequence of “Can You Draw This Images” (Appendix A) either printed to be shown individually to the class or to be displayed individually on an interactive whiteboard
  • “Blank square templates” (Appendix B) for each student


  • Present an image from Appendix A by either holding it up or putting it up on the whiteboard for 5 seconds.
  • Hide the image and give students a few minutes to recreate it on their “Blank Square Templates” (Appendix B).
  • Show the image again and invite students to make edits or changes to their drawing. Ask for volunteers to share the process they used to create their drawing.
  • Repeat with subsequent images.
Shapes from 'Can You Draw This?'

Look Fors

  • How do the students speak about the shapes? Do they use their proper names (e.g., square, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, rhombus, hexagon)?
  • Do the students use spatial language (e.g., above, below, besides, underneath, top, bottom)?
  • How do the children remember and describe the design?


  • Children can play this with each other in pairs or groups by making their own designs/images.

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