I put this poem on poster board with the shapes dressed as the characters the poem suggests. I also draw pictures of the word pie and door so the children have visual cues to help them read the poem. It helps the kids remember their shapes and they love it.
I am baby triangle, 3 sides have I.
I am mama circle, Round like a pie.
I am papa square, My sides are 4.
I am uncle rectangle, Shaped like a door.
Shape Song To the tune of London Bridge Two sides short and two sides long, two sides short, two sides long. Two sides short and two sides long, We’re a rectangle. Our 4 sides are just the same, just the same, just the same, our four sides are just the same, We’re a square. We’ve got three corners and three sides, see our sides with your eyes. We got three corners and three sides, We’re a triangle. We’re as round as we can be, we can be, we can be. We’re as round as we can be, we’re a circle. I provide shapes for each of the children and we hold up the corresponding shape for the part of the song. This idea is out of the mailbox magazine.
Cynthia Circle Cynthia Circle is nice and round No corners on her are ever found.
Samuel Square Samuel square that’s my name. I have four sides that are just the same.
Tilly triangle Tilly triangle is here to see you. She has three sides and three points too.
Ricky Rectangle Ricky rectangle is a funny sort Two sides are long and two sides are short.
Try “Greg and Steve’s” Shape Song!
During circle I sing a song I found in More Piggy Back Songs.
Tune: The Muffin Man
Do you know what shape this is?
What shape this is? What shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is, I’m holding in my hand?
I then call a child to name the shape. I have stapled shapes on the bulletin board and written the children’s names on them when they could properly identify the shape. They liked seeing their names being written on the shapes.