Summer Storytime-Shapes




Today was all about shapes! We had a lot of fun reading stories, playing with flannels, and singing shape songs! Here is what the plan was for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song with Instruments and Scarves

2.) Book One: Color Zoo

3.) Flannel-Flip Flap Jack

4.) Book Two with Bells- Shape Capers

5.) Book- Lots of Dots

6.) Rhyme- A Little Circle

7.) Book- Ship Shapes

8.) Song with Instruments-Do you Know What Shape This is?

9.) Book and Flannel: Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

10.) Book- Shape by Shape

11.) Song with Shapes-Shapes (Twinkle, Twinkle)

12.) Book and Flannel-Tickle Monster

13.) Scarf Song-Circle Song

14.) Goodbye Song with Instruments and Scarves







Next we did the Flip Flap Jack flannel board together 🙂 This I thought was really cute because the kids got to attach shapes with different food parts of Flip Flap Jack.  The lyrics to this are below and I got all of the images for this flannel from


During this song the kids would clap and say Flip Flap Jack at every point when his name would come up in the rhyme.  It helped them to stay focused and they would remember every time when they should say his name!



There was a man made of food, made of food, made of food
There was a man made of food
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.

1. His head was made of a pancake, a pancake, a pancake
His head was made of a pancake,
And his name was Flip Flap Jack.

Continue with the following….

2. His body was made of a waffle…
3. His hair was made of whipped cream…
4. His arms were made of bananas…
5. His hands (or ears) were made of oranges…
6. His legs were made of bacon…
7. His feet were made of French toast…
8. His mouth was made of a sausage…
9. His nose was made of a strawberry…
10. His eyes were made of blueberries…
11. His belly button was made of a raspberry…




During this book I had all of the kids have bells and they would shake them during the ‘shake, shake, shake’ parts of the book.






Rhyme-A Little Circle (Storytime Katie)

A little circle (make circle with finger and thumb)
A bigger circle, (make circle with two hands)
And a great big circle I see. (make a circle with arms)
Now help me count them,
One, two, three!  (repeat gestures for each size)





Song-Do you know  what shape this is? (Library Village)

For this song all of the kids had instruments and I showed different shapes that they would shout out 🙂

Do you know what shape this is?
Shape this is?  Shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is and do you have one too?
If you do, give it a shake, shake shake shake, shake shake shake.
If you do, give it a shake and shout “hooray for squares!”
(I repeated with the triangle, circle, and rectangle)
Now we know all our shapes, all our shapes, all our shapes
Now we know all our shapes, shake them and say “hooray!”  



We read this story together and had lots of different things to put on the flannel board.  I also used my numbers flannel so that more volunteers could help with taking things off of the flannel board.





Shapes (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle) – Sunflower Storytime
Put your Blue shape in the air Hold it high and leave it there.
Put your Blue shape on your back
Now please lay it in your lap.
Hold your Blue shape in your hand
Now everyone please stand.
Wave your Blue shape at the door
Now please lay it on the floor.
Hold your Blue shape and jump, jump, jump.
Hold your Blue shape way, way up!
(Yellow, purple, green.)


Tickle Monster is one of my favorite stories to use with a flannel board because the kids love seeing what the monster shapes makes as they tickle him apart.



We used scarves as we sang this song:

Song: “Circle Song” (Tune: The more we get together) – Verona Storytime

Have you ever seen a circle, a circle, a circle?
Have you ever seen a circle which goes round and round?
It rolls this way and that way, and that way and this way
Have you ever seen a circle, which goes round and round?

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