momstown chapters are learning all about Shapes this month - and we've got some great momstown-approved titles to support our Shapes curriculum theme!
The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns
The triangle is very happy, until he decides he needs ‘one more side’... so becomes a square, and is happy again – until he needs ‘one more side’... hexagons, heptagons, octagons, etc. are introduced in this funny and creative way of looking at shapes!
Shape by David Goodman and Zoe Miller
This book introduces children to basic shapes using photographs of children playing with everyday objects (such as buttons for circles, sailboats for triangles). Older children can ‘find’ different shapes within the photographs or match up shapes. Non-fiction, informative book to teach children about shapes. Would be a good lead-in to painting with shapes.
My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle
This great Eric Carle board book has split pages, so that children have to match the shape (i.e. circle) with the picture on the bottom (sun). Lets children explore the different shapes and identify them in other objects (kite, tent, watermelon slice, eye, etc.) Perfect if you have a young group.
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Three mice are running away from a cat, and find shapes to help them hide. They use basic shapes to build a house, tree, sun, and other objects. Then they figure out how to build some giant mice using shapes, and scare away that pesky cat! The pictures are great for simple introductory shape recognition – two dimensional and colourful. A great introduction to the ‘Shape Creations’ craft – will spawn some ideas for sure!
Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell
Written in rhyme, this brightly illustrated book introduces children to the basic shapes. The first few pages introduce each shape, and then the children in the story put the shapes together to build cars, rocket ships, boats, etc. Another great introduction to the ‘Shape Creations’ craft idea!