Now that I’ve organized my books and made them easier to find, it seems like every week my four year old, Justin, has a new book he’s obsessed with. This last week has been the interactive shapes book What if I Know my Shapes by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt.
We have now read this book so many times every day that Justin knows it by heart. He and his brother have started playing games with it but I’ll get to that later.
This book is not your ordinary shape book. It takes shapes to the next level, showing you how to create different objects with shapes. This books lends so perfectly to activities without much thought at all. Create one of these pictures OR have your child pick which 3 items they’d like to make or draw. Remember just a dot, not a lot when using glue.
Here Justin is making a dog with a square, an oval, and two triangles. Please ignore his thumb! He had a door shut on him. Poor baby!
The thick sturdy pages will keep this book going strong in your household for the long-haul.
- Create the pictures in the book using construction paper.
- Draw the pictures on paper.
- Use the book to guess what the object is. My four year old read the book to me and I would guess what object those shapes made. Then, I used a doodle board to draw out different things you could make with various shapes.
4. Use the given shapes to create silly pictures.
5. Practice writing the words of the various shapes: circle, triangle, square, oval, rectangle, etc.
6. For a higher level, write the shape words and put them in alphabetical order.
Although this is our new favorite, we love the others in this series as well. Check them out here! I almost forgot! My boys thought it was really fun to have the What-if Monster himself hanging around while we played with the shape book.
I can’t forgot to mention that we had the great Ms. Michelle Nelson-Schmidt over at our house when Justin (pictured above) was under a year old. You can read more about our adventure here.