A House of Shapes

Recently I was going through our shelf of books giving ideas for for storytimes, fingerplays, and flannel boards and came across “Fingertales” by Joan Hilyer Phelps. A fortunate discovery as I found several flannel boards on themes we use on a yearly basis and don’t have a lot of flannel boards to use with. One of the flannel boards I found is “A House of Shapes.” This one does double duty. It works for both a Houses and Home theme as well as a shapes theme. It was very quick to put together. I did add some embroidery to the roof to make it a little more interesting to look at.

Some houses are wood and some are stone.
But let’s build one with shapes alone.

Start with a square, but we won’t stop.
Add a triangle up on the top.
Then a rectangle for the door.
Now square windows–1, 2, 3, 4!
A little circle just for fun.

Now our shape house is all done.



Baby Party by Rebecca O’Connell
Find Spot by Stacey Previn
Giant Pop-Out Shapes
Orange Triangle Fox by Sarah Jones
Peek in My Pocket by David A. Carter
Shapes by Jane Cabrera
Squares by Yusuke Yonezu

Flannel Boards

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Big Round Sun
Big round sun in the summer sky Hold arms in circle over head
Waved to a cloud that was passing by Wave!
The little cloud laughed as it started to rain Wiggle fingers downward for rain
And out came the big round sun again. Hold up arms in circle above head again



All Sorts of Shapes by Hannad Reidy
Bear In A Square by Stella blackstone
Brown Rabbit’s Shapes by Alan Baker
Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
Not A Box by Antoinette Portis
Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Round Is A Mooncake by Roseanne Thong
Round Is A Tortilla by Roseanne Thong
Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell
The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
Triangle by Mac Barnett
Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince

Flannel Boards

Rhymes and Fingerplays

Draw A Circle
Draw a circle, draw a circle
Round as can be
Draw a circle, draw a circle
Just like me.

Draw a rectangle, draw a rectangle
Shaped like a door
Draw a rectangle, draw a rectangle
Just like me.

Draw a triangle, draw a triangle
With corners three
Draw a triangle, draw a triangle
Just like me.