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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.
Then we found a the shadow of a swing.
And we created a new shadow of Lovey swinging.
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!
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.
More Math and Science Activities with Fizz, Pop, Bang!
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It includes 40 educational projects and 20 printables including a set of build-your-own 3D shape blocks, engineering challenge cards and a range of math games.