Picture books are a great resource to use when introducing shapes to children. This website here offers a list of various great shape books.The books range from fun fictional stories, to books incorporating photographs and realistic representations of shapes in the world around us. The Full-Day Kindergarten curriculum stresses how important it is to incorporate mathematical experiences that reflect children’s everyday lives. “Round is a Mooncake” is one that I am familiar with on that list. In the story, a young girl explores the shapes of objects in her home and neighbourhood. The website of various shape books referred to above also shares a few samples pages so that educators can get a better sense of what the story is like, prior to accessing it.
A song would also be great to introduce as well, such as this one by Toddler Tv to help young children learn basic shapes.
Books and songs such as the ones I have presented in these links serve as great resources that can help children make connections with shapes in their everyday lives. In this video clip, we see a child making a connection with the shapes in the environment they are situated in. When identifying circles in a shape selection activity, she was able to make the connection between the circles on the table top task, as well as the circles on the sleeves of her shirt.
Using resources such as books and songs when introducing shapes can branch off into other fun and meaningful activities such as having a shape scavenger hunt in the classroom or neighbourhood. The blog “Frugal Fun 4 Boys” reflects on the success of their shape scavenger hunt experience during a home school lesson.This will foster children’s abilities to form connections to shapes with objects in their everyday lives.
Here you can also access a scavenger hunt checklist!