Shape Monster: Flannel Board Activity

Shape.Monsters2Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a RED TRIANGLE for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a BLUE SQUARE for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a YELLOW CIRCLE for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a GREEN RECTANGLE for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a ORANGE OVAL for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a PURPLE DIAMOND for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
Hope you enjoyed your shape lunch!

Source: An old felt story from the Library I Work. A quick online search showed many postings of the rhyme, but the original source did not jump out at me.

To Make the Pieces:
Felt of various colors
For quick and clean edges to some of the monster pieces, I used dies to make the various features. The dies I utilized include: AccuCut Apple #1 (head), Circles 3/4″ Custom die (eyes), AccuCut Planets 1 of 2 die (eyes), AccuCut Bird #9 die (hands and feet), and Ellison Leaves & Vine die (tail).

Age Range: 18 mos to 8 years (depends on adaptations)

Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Color Recognition, Shape Recognition, Waiting for Turn, Patience, Visual Discrimination Skill

Possible modifications: For the toddlers, I included the color and shapes as written and used the pieces that was inherited. Each monster was made in a different color hold (in a different shade of the same basic color) a shape. Each monster was also unique to the other. One resembled an elongated teddy bear, another a blob, and another a dinosaur without a tail. For the 3 to 5 year olds, the first time I used the rhyme, I kept the colors in it.

More recently, I added a heart shape and dropped the colors so that we can use random scrap felt to make all the shape pieces. (We work a LOT with color in other ways). I also wanted to be able to take this rhyme “on the road,” so-to-speak, so I needed a lot more shape pieces in order for it to work during the outreach storytimes. It just wasn’t financially feasible to buy felt so that the specific shapes were made in the “correct” colors. I felt the rhyme still flowed quite well without the color reference.

    Shape Monster, Shape Monster
    Munch, munch, munch
    How about a TRIANGLE for your lunch?

Since I needed a new monster for the heart anyways, I went ahead and remade all of the monsters. I wanted the monsters to be the same so that the kids were concentrating on the shapes rather than how each monster looked individually.

For the elementary age crowd, I have started adding shapes like hexagon, pentagon, and octagon. If desired, consider also shapes like trapezoid or rhombus.

The star shape was specifically left out as I wanted clear-cut two-dimensional geometric defined shapes.

Depending on the crowd (and their ages), you might consider whether you want each child to have one shape or if you want to give them a few at a time.

Themes: Scary, Monster, Food, Shape, Lunch, Color (if use original rhyme)

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