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Learning Shapes through Art

Trying to learn about shapes?  What about doing some shape art?  Moving around shapes on paper is one way to help become familiar with different shapes and how they can be turned and joined.  If you can create a picture with shapes, all the better!

Tangram art example -- picture of a snail

Arrange your paper shapes of different colours on top of black construction paper — this makes a stunning contrast!

Silvia Borando’s book ‘Shapes, Reshape!’ is a playful look at how animal pictures can be created through the use of squares and rectangles of various sizes and colours.  The reader is presented with shapes on a page.  Chime in with the phrase “What could they be?” that gets repeated throughout, and see how each set of shapes get rearranged to form an animal picture.  This book also counts down from 10 to 1 and vivid colours are used.

book cover of 'Shapes, Reshape!' by author Silvia Borando -- a cover picture of colourful rectangles and sqaures

Want some more shape fun?  Try ‘Shapes at Play’ — this book also shows how shapes can be arranged to form pictures, but it includes circles and triangles too.

cover of 'Shapes at Play' by author Silvia Borando -- pictures of smiling squares, circles & triangles

Like what you see?  Check out these other titles by author/illustrator Silvia Borando in our collection:

                               cover image of S. Borando's picture book 'Black Cat, White Cat'          cover image of S. Borando's picture book 'Now You See Me, Now You Don't'          cover image of S. Borando's picture book 'Near, Far'         cover image of S. Borando's picture book 'The White Book'

Want to improve your spatial sense?  Read about the tale of tangrams and then practice with your own tangram shapes (you can make these from construction paper, Bristol board or cardboard).  Check out these titles for ideas and a tangram template:

cover image of J. Slocum's non-fiction book for kids 'The Tangram Book'cover image of A. Tompert's picture book 'Grandfather Tang's Story'

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