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All Shapes and Sizes

Welcome to the All Shapes and Sizes page! Here you will find lots of fun shape facts, instructions on how to create your own shape crafts, hints for finding hidden shapes, and shape songs and stories. You can pick and choose which activities you do based on the supplies you have available at home.

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Links to Fun Online Shape Activities

Read 'The Dot' on TumbleBooks! Click the book cover to get started.

Check out these eBooks all about shapes, available on Overdrive

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets A Muslim Book of Shapes  by Hena Khan
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert

Friendshape

Shapes are all around us! Can you see any of these shapes in your home?

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Sing-along with Elf Harp: The Shape Song

Make a Shape Book

Create your very own shape book, by making a mini book and then drawing your favourite shapes in it. 

You can watch our video instructions or follow the written instructions below. 

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Paper (any shape, size, or colour works)
  • Scissors
  • Staples, yarn, string, ribbon, or glue (for the binding of the mini book) (if you are using yarn, string, or ribbon you will also need a hole punch)
  • Crayons, markers, or pencil crayons (to decorate your book)

Instructions:

  1. Take your piece of paper and fold it in half length wise. 
  2. Without unfolding the paper fold it in half width wise. 
  3. Open your paper back up and cut it half width wise. 
  4. You should now have two equal sized pieces of paper with a crease in the middle. 
  5. Place your papers back together so that they form a booklet.
  6. Bind your book by either:
  • Using a small amount of glue in the middle to glue the book together (allow to dry for 30 minutes before decorating). 
  • Stapling along the edge of the spine of your book.
  • Punching holes along the spine of your book and using string, yard, or ribbon to tie it together.

Now that your book is complete it's time to decorate it! You can write, draw, and colour in your book. 

One fun thing to try is drawing the shapes that you see around you in your home. 

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Create a Crayon Rubbing of a Shape

Rubbing crayons over simple shapes can create beautiful art. 

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Simple shapes (these can be cut out of cardboard or objects that you find around your home or in nature).

Instructions:

  1. The first step is finding shapes to make your rubbings. You can look around your home for shapes, or find them in nature (try using a leaf!), or cut simple shapes out of cardboard. 
  2. Lay your paper over the shapes and rub your crayon over the paper, pressing down so the shape appears on the paper. 
  3. Try using shapes or objects with different textures.
  4. You can create a fun game by asking your child to guess what shape is appearing as they colour. 

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Request these great shape books from the Library Catalogue

Collage workshop for kids : rip, snip, cut, and create with inspiration from the Eric Carle Museum of picture book art
Circle by Mac Barnett
Count on me by Miguel Tanco
Sweet Shapes by Juana Medina
City Shapes by Diana Murray
Shape Shift by Joyce Hesselberth
Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
Scribble by Ruth Ohi
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly L. Bingham
Circle Rolls
Shapes, reshape! by Silvia Borando
Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
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