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BLAST Early Learning
Shapes

Books:

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.

 

Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes
by Roseanne Throng; illustrated by Grace Lin

 

As a little girl discovers things round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture.

 

 

Open-ended Questions for Perfect Square:

· What does it mean to “shatter” something?

· What kinds of things could you make with a square of paper?
 

Song:

What Shape Is This?

www.preschooleducation.com

Sung to "The Muffin Man"

 

Do you know what shape this is,
What shape this is, what shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is
I'm holding in my hand?

 

 

Rhyme:

Shape Monster

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Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a red circle for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a blue square for your lunch?

(Continue with yellow triangle, green rectangle, orange oval, purple diamond, and any other shapes you’d like the children to learn)

End with:

Shape Monster Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
Hope you enjoyed your shape lunch!

 

 

Vocabulary Word:

shatter: v. to break suddenly into small pieces

 

“On Thursday, the square was shattered.”


(taken from Perfect Square by Michael Hall)

 

Activities:

Math

 

Shape Bingo

(www.everythingpreschool.com)

Play shape bingo with your children! Make a bingo card with different shapes on it. Next make shape markers. Have your children cover the shape you call out with the corresponding shape marker.

 

Art/Craft

 

Shape Train (www.everythingpreschool.com)

What You Need: Paper, glue, and paint

What You Do:

Have your children cut two circles, one triangle, one large square, and one rectangle from the paper. Let them put the shapes together to make their own train. Then let your children paint their train. This makes a cute train and lets your children see how different shapes can go together to form a unique shape.

 

Gross Motor

 

Shape Twister

(www.everythingpreschool.com)

Put shapes on construction paper and attach them to the floor so that they cannot move. Pull shapes out of a bucket and have your children put their foot, their hand, etc. on it.

 

Literature:

Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell
A group of children shakes shapes out of a box and discovers the fun of using circles, squares, triangles, semicircles, rectangles, and their imaginations.

Shape by Shape

By Suse MacDonald

Turn the die-cut pages to discover colorful shapes, which come together to reveal a creature from long ago.

 

Mouse Shapes

by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Three mice make a variety of things out of different shapes as they hide from a scary cat.

 

Food for Thought: The Complete Book of Concepts for Growing Minds

by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

Presents fruits and vegetables carved into shapes to teach colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and opposites.