illustration of girl with cat from The Wing On a Flea by Ed Emberley

Finding Shapes in Everyday Things

Book Recommendation

The Wing on a Flea: A Book About Shapes

Ed Emberley

Young children will be introduced to shapes and sizes while imagining all of the different things the shapes could be.

Prompting Questions:

  • Which things in the book are in the shape of a rectangle (triangle, circle, etc.)?
  • What other things can you think of that are the shape of rectangles (triangles, circles, etc.)?
  • Where do you see something in our room in the shape of a rectangle (triangle, circle, etc.)?

Related Creative Activities

Portrait of a man
Lesson Plan

A Portrait of One’s Own

After spending time exploring aspects of the Ancestor Portrait and the importance of ancestor portraits in the Chinese tradition, students will create an ancestor portrait using mixed media materials and present it to the class.

Lesson Plan

Combining Human and Animal Forms

Students will use visual observation skills to carefully examine the Assyrian Bird-Headed Deity limestone relief and explore the movement, sounds, and traits of different animals. They will first explore these aspects in humans and birds of prey, as seen in the limestone relief, and will then do the same with “animals” they create from two or more animals. This lesson enables children to draw upon previous knowledge and imagination in order to act out the movement, sounds, and other traits of the animals they create.