Hunting for shapes

Explore shapes with a fun and interactive game!

We recently began our unit on shapes.  To introduce this our shape unit we played a fun and colorful game…

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Introducing a Story

We like to begin most lessons with a story that can help us make connections as we learn.  We chose the newly published book “Hearts are for Loving” by Niki Alling to help us introduce our lesson on shapes…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

This book is filled with simple text and illustrations of all the basic shapes and ending with a heart…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

Expanding on the Story

After reading our book, we brought out our magnet board, filled with foam shapes.  There were triangles, squares, rectangles, and circles.  Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on all of these basic shapes.  We will wrap up our unit on shapes with hearts for Valentine’s day…

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Beginning our Shape Hunt

To begin our shape hunt, we went back through our book to see what shapes we could find on the pages.  When the children found a shape in our book, the hunt was on to find a similar shape on our board…

Hunting for shapes by Teach Preschool

We continued playing our game as we went back through each page of the book to see what shapes the children should look for next…

Creating with Shapes

After we finished finding our shapes, the children were invited to come up with their own creations like we saw in our book…

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 And then the children were off to explore our centers which we will share more about that with you soon!

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By |2019-01-30T14:17:35+00:00January 17th, 2014|

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. Jane Gladstein January 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I love you HUGE tray! What is it? Where can I get one?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 18, 2014 at 1:47 am - Reply

      Hi Jane,
      This tray is a metal grease pan that I painted and usually use as a magnet board. I bought at Walmart for $10.

  2. Niki Alling January 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Dear Deborah,
    Thank you so much for sharing, Hearts Are For Loving, with your class! The students seem very engaged by the activity you created around the book. I’m so glad you are all enjoying it! Thank you for sharing it on your site, it’s an honor.
    Niki Alling

  3. Rabz January 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    This is brilliant idea even for my two and a half years old toddler. I always look for new activities for him to keep him busy as he gets bored and irritated due to lack of company. This activity is simple n it does not need lots of resources.

  4. Denise @ Kinder-Touch January 18, 2014 at 3:04 am - Reply

    I think this is one of the best activity to do for preschool kids. It is nice to find shapes as they read the book. Will try to find the materials locally and find a similar book so I could also do this to my kids. Thank you for sharing.

  5. natalie allen January 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    loved that you shared my sister’s book. I fine that every child I give one to really enjoy and to start playing the what book is teaching especially the building blocks.

  6. Kelley Blum January 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,
    Thank you for always sharing your wonderful ideas. What age were your students? Do you think 4 year olds are an appropriate age for this activity?
    Thanks again,

    • Courtney Floyd January 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      We have children ages 3-5, Kelley! So, I say give it a try! 🙂

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