# Shapes and Geometry

## Shape Hunt

In Shape Hunt, two children are trying to find different shapes—circle, square, triangles—but keep seeing other shapes like hexagons, rectangles, and rhombuses. This book focuses on the attributes of shapes that make them different such as the number of sides, the number of corners, whether the sides are curved or…

## I Spy: Shapes

“I spy” is a great game to play at home, at the park, at the doctor’s o­ffice, or anywhere. It helps children build their vocabulary and be good observers. The spy silently chooses something that all the players can see. The other players then ask “yes” or “no” questions about…

## Looking for Shapes

Looking for shapes and talking about shape names helps children to see that the world is made up of shapes, and helps them get ready for kindergarten. Help your child fi­nd the shapes that are all around them—at home, at the playground, in buildings, in cars, or in books. Encourage…

## ﻿﻿The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns

In this book, a triangle explores all the different things he can make as a triangle—a sailboat, a roof, a piece of pie. But he decides he is bored with being a triangle and goes to the shape shifter to get another side and become a quadrilateral! He explores all…

## Pattern Games

Patterns repeat in a regular way that helps you predict what comes next. Patterns are in song, dance, poetry, art, buildings, nature, and numbers. These materials provide some different ways that children can play with copying, extending, fixing, and creating patterns.

## So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban

In this wordless picture book, Tana Hoban has taken colorful photographs of images from everyday life with circles and squares. Children will enjoy hunting for the shapes in these pictures and it is a great jumping off point for going on a shape hunt. Note that some of the “squares”…

## What is Square? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

The text is simple and rhymes with lots of examples of things in the world that are square. A great basic book that can inspire children to go on their own shape hunt or make a collection of objects that are all square.

## Bear in a Square, Oso en un cuadrado by Stella Blackstone

Shapes, counting, rhyming, bilingual Spanish and English—this book has it all. On each page bear is looking for a different shape—squares, hearts, circles, rectangles, triangles, rhombuses, zigzags, ovals, and stars. He has to find a certain number, 1-10 of each one. The total number of shapes on the page are…

## Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

This unique book has artfully cut out and overlaid pages that use shapes—rectangles, squares, circles, triangles, ovals, and more—to make the faces of animals. The bright, colorful designs are ones that will keep the children coming back to look again and again. You can extend this to an art activity…

## Shapes (Math Counts) by Henry Pluckrose

A great book to get children thinking about the shapes they see in the world around them. The first few pages ask children to run their finger around the edge of a square, circle, rectangle, hexagon, and triangle. Then there is a page showing three different squares and the next…

## Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

The mice from Mouse Count, Mouse Paint, and Balancing Act are hiding from a cat in a pile of shapes. They have fun making things with the shapes—but the cat finds them! They decide to use the shapes to build “three big scary mice” to scare the cat—and it works! After reading…

## Pattern Block Puzzle Games

Creating designs with pattern blocks — those multicolored trapezoids, hexagons, and triangles that are a mainstay in many preschool classrooms — is a great way for children to build their geometric thinking and spatial skills. Our Pattern Block Puzzle games help children explore shapes, shape rotations, 2-D composition and decomposition,…

## Shape Card Games

Our deck of shape cards and our set of shape card games helps children practice skills that lead to success in math! When playing shape card games, children pay attention to mathematical attributes, including shape, number, and color. They also practice their executive function skills by taking turns and remembering…

## Resources

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