Storytime: Shapes


EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILLS:  Vocabulary & Phonological Awarness


Squarehead by Harriet Ziefert
Not a Box
by Antoinette Portis
Bear in the Square
by Stella Blackstone
Whoo? Whoo? by David A. Carter
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
by Charles G. Shaw
Round is a Tortilla
by Roseanne Thong
My Very fist Book of Shapes
by Eric Carle
Shapes that Roll
by Karen Nagel
Circle Dogs
by Kevin Henkes
Circus Shapes
by Stuart J. Murphy
Lots of Dots
by Craig Frazier
Butterfly, Butterfly
by Petr Horacek
Shape by Shape 
by Suse MacDonald
Wing on a Flea
by Ed Emberley


  1. Intro
  2. Hello Song
  3. Read-a-Loud Book
  4. Read-a-Loud Book
  5. Flannelboard
  6. Read-a-Loud Book
  7. Flannelboard
  8. Read-a-Loud Book
  9. Hand Rhyme
  10. ASL Goodbye Song
  11. Craft


Shapes Storytime

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert


Flannelboard: “Shapes, Shapes What Do You See?” (via Sunflower Storytime)
Square, square what do you see?
I see a blue diamond looking at me!
Diamond, diamond what do you see?
I see a red triangle looking at me!
(continue with rectangle, circle, etc.)

Flannelboard: Go Away Big Green Monster 

Flannelboard: It Looked Like Spilt Milk

CRAFT: Hanging Shapes!

Shapes Craft

This theme was NOT craft friendly. I racked my brain and scoured the web for what seemed like hours before deciding to copy Storytime Katie‘s shape-themed storytime craft. In order to make my version, I used Microsoft PPT to create pages featuring dozens of each shape, which I had my teen interns cut out. Then, I glued my shapes onto a one inch wide strip of black construction paper that was about 15 inches long. Luckily, my storytime attendees enjoyed this simple and colorful craft. I had some children who wanted to cover their strips of paper in shapes.


My munchkins enjoyed the extension activities, and participated enthusiastically. The read-a-loud stories were hit and miss depending on the crowd and time of day (I perform  three storytimes a week not including outreach storytime sessions or school fieldtrips).  My evening storytime session is composed of a smaller group of preschoolers, and the small group size allows for a more focused and personal storytime presentation. These children, and my Friday morning storytime attendees tend to respond better to my read-a-loud selections. Unfortunately, the success of my Thursday morning storytime sessions vary from week to week. Half the time, and despite my best efforts, my attendees do not connect with the books…which was the case with these stories. At this point I’ll chalk it up to group dynamics, the moon and my “newbie” status.


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