Dr. Seuss The Shape of Me and Other Stuff {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

I am excited to be a new co-host of the monthly Virtual Book Club for Kids.  Each month all of the co-hosts choose a specific author to spotlight. We read a book by the author with our kids, do book related crafts and activities, and then we share them on our blogs.

We would also love for you to join in with us! You can link up below (if you are a blogger), leave a comment below, or tell us about what you are doing on the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page.

There are so many wonderful Dr. Seuss books that I have used for teaching in the classroom and reading with my girls. It was very tough to choose just one to write about. Tinker (23 months) recently discovered The Shape of Me and Other Stuff and has since become fascinated with shadows. If you aren’t familiar with the book, it is a simple text that encourages kids to think about the shape of things. The illustrations are in silhouette so kids can concentrate on the shape of things in a different way. The book also inspires little ones to be proud of their own unique shape, as it concludes with, “Hooray for the shapes we’re in!”

On a bright sunny morning we got our camera and went out on a shape hunt. We explored a local park to find shadows of objects. First we found a lamp post. I made sure to take a picture of both the shadow and the original object so we could put together a little game later.

Dr. Seuss Activity for The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

 Then we found a the shadow of a swing.

Dr. Seuss Activity for The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

 And we created a new shadow of Lovey swinging.

Dr. Seuss Activity for The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Lovey (age 4)  had the most fun taking pictures of her own shadow in different poses. While Tinker enjoyed watching her shadow, she didn’t actually hold still long enough for me to catch a picture of the shadows!

Dr. Seuss Activity for The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Later that day I printed out the pictures. We are using them as a matching game. The girls enjoy matching the shadow to its picture. We’ve also spent time talking about the different shadows and what makes them unique.

I think this would have been fun to do in the classroom. I would encourage each child to make a favorite pose. Then it would be cute to add the pictures to a class book where kids would lift the flap to find out whose shadow is shown on each page.

What other ways would you use The Shape of Me and Other Stuff as a teaching tool?

Now that we’ve shared our activities with you, we’re excited to see what you came up with! Please add your links to any Dr. Seuss inspired posts to the blog hop linky below. 

There are a few rules for this blog hop that we ask you to follow, so make sure to read them:
  1. Link up only posts inspired by Dr. Seuss that share children’s book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!
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Here are several of the bloggers that will be participating in this year’s Virtual Book Club for Kids. Stop by their blogs and see what they are doing with Dr. Seuss books.

Toddler ApprovedRainy Day MumAdventures in Reading with Kids3 DinosaursRoyal BalooThe Educators’ Spin On ItInspiration LaboratoriesPleasantest Thing Edventures with Kids Two Big Two Little Playing With Words 365Kitchen Counter ChroniclesOutlaw MomMommy and Me Book ClubCrafty Moms ShareNo Twiddle TwaddleThe Good Long Road Ready. Set. Read 2 MeReading Confetti Mama SmilesJuggling with KidsMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasCreekside LearningCreative Family FunThe Usual MayhemTeach PreschoolPlayDrMomCraftoArtHere Come the GirlsBeing a Conscious ParentSmiling like SunshineCrayon FrecklesTrain Up a ChildSmile Play LearnEnchanted Homeschooling MomCoffee Cups and CrayonsHaving Fun at Chelle’s HouseLove, Play, LearnJuggling With KidsMotherhood on a Dime

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  1. Awesome. My kids are fascinated with shadows, but it hadn’t occurred to me to get playful beyond the standard shadow puppets. Thanks!!!
    (Linking up from http://www.igamemom.com)

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks! Yes, shadows on their own can be quite fascinating. Glad you liked this little way to extend the fun.

  2. What a fabulous activity and idea! featuring your post tomorrow on the Sunday Showcase!

  3. Love how you come up new ways of learning! I am featuring this at my Mom’s Library link up (http://wp.me/p2t50R-14W). Keep the great post coming and thanks for connecting!

  4. great idea! My kids would love to do some shadow activities. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Fun Post! Thanks for linking it to Tuesday Tots. I’ll be featuring it on my site this Tuesday. Have a great day 🙂

  6. Dr Seuss was one of my favourite authors when my kids were small. Now that I have grandchildren, I’m collecting the books again. So much fun in each book.

  7. It was a very exciting time when my grandson first found his shadow. He then looked at other things that had shadows as well. So much learning for young children.

  8. I love your ideas! A class book of shadows would be awesome. We’ve been brushing up on our shape knowledge so we will have to try this… if we ever get a sunny day… 😉

  9. That looks a great book and one we must check out – we love spotting shadows and trying to work out what they are before we look up and see.

    • I wouldn’t say it is our favorite Dr. Seuss book…so many wonderful options to choose from. But it is great for connecting ideas of positive self-image and learning about shadows. Hope you get the chance to check it out.

  10. I absolutely love this! My kids love noticing shadows, and my 4-year-old really likes taking pictures, so I think he would really get into an activity like this! And I love that after you took the pictures, you turned it into a matching game. Great idea!

    • Thanks! It was a fun activity. I have been looking for a kid-tough camera so my oldest can get more involved in taking pictures. She loves taking pictures lately, too.

  11. I don’t know that book but it would be perfect for us this week as we have been making shadow monsters and chasing shadows.

    • It isn’t one of the most popular Dr. Seuss books, but there are definitely some wonderful educational ties. Sounds like it would be a great fit for you.

  12. What a fun idea! I really like the idea of turning the pictures into a book.

  13. I love that this book inspired you to go outside, and the matching game is a great idea!

    • Thanks! I am loving all of the creative ideas people are coming up with for the Virtual Book Club this month. Glad we could share ours!

  14. Fun activity! Wheels would love it!

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