Children love shapes - circles, hearts, spirals, squares, triangles! As they learn about shapes, our kiddos want to make sure we know about them too! And when your little one tells you she loves you with her heart and her triangle, you can be assured she understands shapes! Just not anatomy - yet.
One of the lovely things about Pumpkin Circle is you can point out so many different shapes while also learning about the pumpkin's life cycle in the garden! The book may be a bit long to do this with very young ones, but four, five and six-year olds will appreciate identifying the shapes they may already know - connecting the concept of a specific shape with a favorite Halloween or Harvest vegetable builds critical background knowledge.
Ideas for Making it Real
I absolutely love this book's rhyming text, the vibrant pictures and the gentle humor! But most of all I think this book should be on every child's bookshelf because growing a pumpkin is explained in a child-friendly way. The last page of the book provides simple, but detailed directions on how to plant, grow and harvest a pumpkin - including when and how to carve a name or picture on the pumpkin while it grows!
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