Do you read the sweet back to school book The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn? It’s one of my all-time favorites.
Since I’m also introducing shapes to my little ones, I thought it would be fun to design a shape game using Chester the raccoon. (The main character in the story.)
Simply run off Chester and have students color him. I’ve included a strip of shapes that your kiddos can color black. They trim and then use as manipulatives to make Chester’s nose. To expedite things, you could skip this part and pre-cut the various shapes out of black construction paper, choosing shapes that you want to review.
Select a shape word card, show it to your students and then read it together. Children place that shape in the nose position on their raccoon. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
I’ve included word cards with and without the shapes showing, so you can assess several different ways.
There’s also a Shaping Up With Chester mini booklet. Students trace and write the shape words, and then trace, draw and color the shapes. Afterwards, they trim, collate and add a cover.
Besides the raccoon pattern for students, I’ve also included one for teachers. No eyes are drawn in, so you can choose nose and eye shapes that match.
There’s also a template to make matching bows with the shape word in the center. Use these for anchor charts, large flashcards, a bulletin board, or independent math center.