Books We Shared

Animal Shapes by Christopher Silas Neal was a big hit! Using animals, shapes and lots of creative wordplay, Neal takes the names of shapes and turns them into puns– two giraffes plus a rectangle become a NECK-tangle, and two kittens plus a circle become a PURRR-cle!

I love the bright colors and contrasts in Jane Foster’s Stripy Tiger Pattern Book. It combines shape recognition with pattern recognition for a good introduction to both for babies and toddlers.

Flannel Boards We Shared

Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

I know we’ve done this one before. I changed out the animals though for some surprises.

Shape Finger Puppets

Ricky Rectangle is my name,
My four sides are not the same.
Two are short and two are long.
Count my sides, come right along!

I’m Sammy Square, that’s my name
My four sides are just the same.

Timmy Triangle, that’s me!
I don’t have four sides. I have three!

I’m Suzie Circle.
Watch me bend!
Round and round from end to end.

Ollie Oval, that is me.
I’m not round, as you can see!
Like an egg a chicken laid,
That’s the way I am made!

We are all shapes, and we love to play!
You can find us anywhere, every day!

(Adapted from:

Letter of the Day

Our Letter of the Day was S. We did a squiggly S in the air and talked about S words and names that start with S.

Action Songs & Bounces We Shared

Twinkle, Twinkle

(This one was perfect for the theme since it has TWO shape names in it!)

Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

Goodbye Babies (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends)

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.

Today we played with scarves. I started by showing everyone how a scarf is a square, and if you fold it one way you can make it into a rectangle, and if you fold it another way you can make it a triangle!

Then we did these scarf songs:

One Bright Scarf

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Toss it up high, and wave it down low
Wiggle it fast, and wiggle it slow
(then cover your face)
Hey! Where did everybody go?
(lift up scarf) There you are!


Peekaboo, where are you
hiding in your… PLACE! PEEKABOO!
Peekaboo, I see you
and your smiling… FACE! PEEKABOO!

Music from CDs We Shared

Did you know singing and dancing improve brain function?  Here are some of the songs/dances on CD that we used in storytime to power up our early literacy with some great blood flow!

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Dancing Scarf Blues” from Dancing Feet by Carole Peterson

“Goodbye in the Bayou” from Bon Voyage by Jazzy Ash

“Goodbye Song” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty

Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about shapes to check out at your Pasadena Public Library Branch: