Our featured author for the Virtual Book Club for kids is Lois Ehlert. Ehlert's book, Color Zoo, is great for shape activities for preschoolers.
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert In this story, Ehlert uses geometric shapes to form abstract animals. The pages are die cut so that when you flip through the book, each page turn reveals a different animal. The shapes used to make each animal are shown on the next page and clearly labeled. This book addresses basic shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle) as well as more complex shapes like octagon.
After we read a few shape books, we wrote a shape book. I created a template for this book by writing one sentence on each page, "I see a circle. I see a triangle." etc. We used glue to draw the shape named on each page and then we placed small pieces of string over the glue to form the shape. I found the idea for this project at Hubbard's Cupboard but since there wasn't a template, I decided to make my own. I also wanted to incorporate sight words that we are working on like 'see' as well as early literacy skills of reading a sentence left to right. The booklet template is available for FREE in my brand new Teacher's Notebook Store!
If your child is not ready to draw the shapes, you could draw the shape in gray crayon first and then allow your child to trace over the shape with glue. If you are making these for an entire classroom that needs support, you might want to draw in the shapes before making the copies-- just a timesaving tip!
Another way to use this template would be to cut or tear objects that illustrate shapes from a magazine and glue the pictures to the pages.
It's a lot of fun for kids to read the shape book that they have written!
Here are some other shape books we love:
Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong Shapes are shown through illustrations of objects from traditional and modern Asian culture.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh This story which is similar to Walsh's earlier book, Mouse Paint, uses mice to teach basic shapes. In this story, the mice are once more hiding from the cat, but they use shapes to build object to distract the cat. Very clever mice, very clever story. I like that it takes the story beyond labeling shapes and shows how shapes can be made and how ordinary objects are composed of shapes.
In a side note, my four year old's preschool teacher read this to him and he came home eager to tell me his teacher had read him a story about mice but not the one we had read. We have the book, Mouse Paint. I was so excited that he could make that text to text connection!
When a Line Bends A Shape Begins by Rhonda Growler Green is a good shape book to grow with your child. This book covers the basic shapes and the more complex shapes. It also showcases shapes that are easy to detect as well as shapes that are more difficult to locate in the pictures. The text is an enjoyable and memorable rhyme.
Tana Hoban is generally my go-to author when teaching shapes. Her books range from black and white board books for babies to books that teach basic shapes to books that feature three dimensional shapes.
Here are a few of our favorite books for basic shapes:
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
-Round and Round and Round by Tana Hoban
-So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban
What are your favorite concept books about shapes for preschoolers?
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