Shape Hunt

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…

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I Spy: Shapes

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…

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Looking for Shapes

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…

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The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns

The Greedy Triangle

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…

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So Many Circles, So Many Squares by Tana Hoban

So Many Circles

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”…

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What is Square? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

What Is Square

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.

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

Bear in a Square

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…

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Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

Color Zoo

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…

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Shapes (Math Counts) by Henry Pluckrose

Math Counts Shapes

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…

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Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Shapes

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…

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Shape card games

Shape card games

Card games like Shape Match, Number Match, Memory, Go Fish, War, Slap Jack, Crazy 8s, and Uno help children practice recognizing and comparing numbers. They also develop important executive function skills such as working memory and paying attention to multiple attributes (such as shape, number, and color). These are skills that children…

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