Shapes on the flannel board graph | Virtual Book Club | Lois Ehlert

A fun way to explore shapes with your students!

The bloggers of the Virtual Book Club are celebrating the works of Lois Ehlert this month and so my class has been busy reading up on a few of the beautifully illustrated books by Lois Ehlert…

Introducing a Story

The Lois Ehlert book titled, “Color Zoo” takes a creative but simple look at shapes (and colors) and how different shapes can be layered on top of each other to make an animal shape…

Expanding on the Story

After discussing all the shapes and animals in the book with the children, I then invited the children to help me sort a set of felt cut out shapes onto our flannel board graph….

Sorting and Graphing with Shapes

To create the graph, I simply used colored tape on the flannel board to create the lines of the graph. I cut out plenty of red felt squares, orange felt circles, and yellow felt triangles for the children to add to our large group graph…

Each child came up to the graph, selected one shape out of the baggie and placed the chosen shape on the graph. We talked about how the graph has three columns and each shape should be placed in its own column so we can compare the number of shapes as we go along…

The children easily caught on to the idea of keeping each shape in the correct column. The children continued to come up to the flannel board and add a new shape from our baggie of felt shapes to the flannel board graph…

Exploring Math Concepts

Throughout the process of adding shapes to the graph, we considered how many shapes were in each column and which column had the most or least number of shapes. We discovered as we kept adding more shapes to the board, the number of shapes in each column would change too…

This was our very first large group graphing experience this school year and the children did a remarkable job all throughout the process…

Creating Art with Shapes

Then the children were invited over to the art table to create their own animals from construction paper shapes…

A wonderful morning of exploring our shapes together…

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Up and coming authors that will be shared in the Virtual Book Club include the following…

  • October 15th-Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • November 19th- Tomie de Paola
  • December 17th- Jan Brett
  • January 21st-David McPhail
  • February 18th-Dr. Seuss
  • March 18th-Julia Donaldson
  • April 15th-David Shannon
  • May 20th-Leo Lionni
  • June 17th-Gail Gibbons
  • July 15th- Jez Alborough
  • August 19th-Donald Crews


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Participating Bloggers

Toddler Approved, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Rainy Day Mum, Reading Confetti, Inspiration Laboratories, Play Dr. Mom, Mommy and Me Book Club, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Two Big Two Little, Creative Connections for Kids, The Golden Gleam, Juggling with Kids, Taming the Goblin, Crafty Moms Share, Ready Set Read 2 Me, Famiglia and Seoul, The Good Long Road, The Educator’s Spin On It, Imagination Soup, 3 Dinosaurs, Royal Baloo, Being A ConsciousParent, No Twiddle Twaddle, Crayon Freckles, The Pleasantest Thing, Adventures in Reading with Kids, Smile, Play, Learn, Creekside Learning, Our Feminist Playschool, and Teach Preschool!

Lois Ehlert Virtual Book Club Linky

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By |2019-01-24T16:27:35+00:00September 21st, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. JDaniel4's Mom September 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Graphing was the perfect activity for this book. We are loving graphing at my house too.

  2. Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It September 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    What a fun beginning graphing activity. Thanks for sharing, joining and hosting the Virtual Book Club! Can’t wait to go check out your other posts with her books too. I just love her simple colorful illustrations in her books.

    • Kristina November 16, 2012 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Hello! I am also going to try this lesson with my first garedrs. Can you tell me what size red construction paper circle you used for the birds? Did the kids make the circle or did you have them cut in a circle already? Today I’m doing the tree dragging with black paint, hopefully it goes well!

      • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

        Hi Kristina,
        I am sure that first graders would be able to cut out their own circles. We did cut out our shapes for the preschoolers but we didn’t have any specific sizes, we just cut them out randomly:)

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