Children are invited to look for particular shapes on each page. It is kind of like a shape I Spy book for young children. Despite JDaniel's post preschool age, he enjoyed looking through the picture and hunting for the shapes. The brightly colored pictures and seeing how each shape cutout would be used in the next picture was a lot of fun.
What did we do with this book?
The apple was the easiest to fill. It really only needed red circles. I didn't give him any guidance as to how to fill the apple or how to many circles to use. I just wanted to fill in the area of the apple. When he was finished, we talked about how the word area is a math word that describes how many of an object can fill up a space. I wasn't concerned that the circles overlapped and were not side by side. The idea was just to fill the inside of the apple.
The bus was a little bit trickier for JDaniel to fill. There weren't many rounded edges outside of the tires. The circles were more or less just placed into the bus. I like the layering that was done of the tires. I thought about having JDaniel add windows to the bus, but I wasn't sure that the round windows would look right.
By the time we got to the pencil JDaniel was circle crafted out. This Back to School Shape craft with circles was too much to do at one sitting. I should have put out one shape a day.