Books can illustrate kindergarten and preschool shape concepts while introducing foundational Big Ideas of math. These activity cards can help take the learning to the home environment where parents and caregivers can spark such discussion.
Round as a Tortilla
This book by Roseanne Thong beautifully illustrates various aspects of Latino culture while introducing some mathematical and geometrical thinking. This activity card can help parents and caregivers find shapes in their own contexts.
Shapes Shapes Shapes
This photo book by Tana Hoban compels readers to engage with the photos, to ask questions and discuss attributes of shapes found in everyday life. This at-home activity card can help initiate such kindergarten and preschool shape talk.
This book by Lois Ehlert introduces the reader to farm animals with a focus on shapes such as octagon, hexagon and square. This activity card in both English and Spanish can be a great jumping off spot for parents and caregivers to explore shape composition–that is, how smaller shapes can form larger shapes.
This other book by Lois Ehlert uses zoo animals, rather than farm animals, and uses the turning of the pages to introduce new shapes (and animals) in a fun and engaging way. This activity card can help parents and others to explore kindergarten and preschool shape concepts in fun ways at home.
Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres
Another one from Tana Hoban, this book offers photographs of shapes in a real-world environment. This activity card provides an opening to delve into finding 3-dimensional shapes in a home math environment.
Here you can download a PDF that includes all of the SHAPES activity cards.