The Sugar Snaps know their basic shapes and can typically identify them. They still have some trouble with pentagons and hexagons and may not be able to say without looking how many sides shapes have. I buy a lot of glow sticks from the dollar store and department store to use as ‘treats’ to hang from their ceiling at night when they are making ‘good choices.’ The party packs of glow sticks come with lots of connectors so I make fun shapes that they imagine to be planets and stars that they gaze up at while snug in their beds. After I close the door, I hear them talking excitedly about Saturn and Jupiter, sometimes arguing as to which one is which.
I have seen posts where people use glow sticks to make the alphabet letters which the Sugar Snaps automatically did when I turned out the lights. I encouraged them to work as a group to make shapes. We counted the sides and I sometimes used pneumonic tools to help them remember, such as the pentagon looks like a house and the diamond looks like a kite. I told them to make a three sided shape and a four sided shape. After the basics, they needed hints and direction. I made the circle and oval as those shapes required connectors which would have been too hard for them to make in the dark. You can see in the photo that the connecters also cause a break in the shapes. Have you used glow sticks? What have you done with them?