There are lots of fun inexpensive manipulatives that they can use to make their 2-D shapes.
Students can also glue the sticks together or onto the paper.
Combination of Popsicle Sticks + Small Craft Sticks
I usually have the kids put the food on a paper plate, napkin, or paper towel for display before eating their masterpieces!
Students can also use pencils, thin strips of paper, chop sticks, etc.
Other foods that can be used are carrot sticks, celery, pretzel sticks, etc.
Younger students could also be coloring, tracing, sorting, identifying, matching, labeling, and drawing different 2-D shapes.
If you would like to view some 2-D shape videos and songs for kids click here.
Have fun with 2 dimensional shapes!