# Max Maths, Year 1, Learn together, 2D shapes

In the 'Max Maths, Year 1, Learn Together' textbook, young learners are introduced to the world of 2D shapes in a fun and interactive way. The section begins by encouraging children to engage with the shapes directly on the page. They are prompted to use their finger to trace the outlines of different shapes, such as a circle, square, rectangle, and triangle. This tactile approach helps to reinforce the concept of each shape's boundaries and introduces the terms 'side' and 'vertex' in a practical context.

As part of the learning activity, children are asked a question about one of the shapes they have just traced: "How many sides does a square have?" This question is designed to help them apply their newfound knowledge of sides—a key feature of 2D shapes. By counting the sides of the square, children begin to understand the properties of shapes and can start to distinguish between them based on the number of sides and vertices they have. This foundational knowledge is crucial for their mathematical development and understanding of geometry.