Making Shape Books
This is a perfect book for preschool, kindergarten and home school! Each page reinforces a color and is a good book to "read" together because of the patterning.
- Construction paper or Cardstock
- White xerox paper
- Scissors monitored by adult if child is cutting out shapes
- Materials to bind book: Stapler/book tape or Hole Punch/Ribbon
- Pen to write sentences.
- Print our free printable Fish Shape Book Pattern
- Trace onto cardstock or use a manilla folder to make a thicker stencil.
- Trace onto as many pages as you would like your book to have, and trace two fish onto construction paper for the covers.
- Have your child cut the pages if she is proficient in using a scissors or pre-cut them before you begin.
- Make a list of colors with your child. Choose about 4-5 colors for your book. If your child is familiar with more colors, add a few more pages.
- Have your child match the sentence to the picture and glue it down with a glue stick.
- Place all writing under pictures on each page to keep it uniform and easier for child to know which belongs to which picture.
- Bind the book with a plastic book binder or staple on the edges and cover with colored tape. Or punch a few holes and weave a thin ribbon to hold it together.
- When you share the book together, point to the word and say the name.
- Make sure to praise your child for "reading" if they can tell you anything about the photo. Picture clues are an important reading strategy for toddler books.
Here are a few suggested books to read with this activity